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

Ege E., AKIN B., Altuntuǧ K.

Social Behavior and Personality, vol.36, no.7, pp.965-972, 2008 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.2224/sbp.2008.36.7.965
  • Journal Name: Social Behavior and Personality
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.965-972
  • Keywords: adolescent, sexuality, contraceptive method, abortion, midwifery student, YOUNG-PEOPLE, CONTRACEPTIVE KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, ABORTION, EDUCATION, MIDWIVES, ETHICS, VALUES, KENYA, NEEDS
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


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.