Opinions of midwifery students on adolescent sexuality and reproductive health in Turkey

Emel Ege1, Belgin Akin1, Kamile Altuntug1
1Selçuk University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Ege, E., Akin, B., & Altuntug, K. (2008). Opinions of midwifery students on adolescent sexuality and reproductive health in Turkey. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36(7), 965-972.

Volume 36 Issue 7 | e1769 | Published: August 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.7.965

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate how midwifery students feel about adolescent sexuality, the use of contraceptive methods, and abortion. A total of 55 students in the second year of a midwifery course were included in the sampling. Data were evaluated by percentage distribution and McNamara’s Test. An evaluation of the students’ thoughts on sexuality showed that 87.3% believed a girl should be a virgin when she married, that 50.9% believed abortion was morally wrong and that 23.6% believed only married couples should be informed of contraceptive methods. The study showed that students were influenced in their attitudes by social-value judgments about adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

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