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 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.2224/sbp.2008.36.7.965
  • Title of Journal : Social Behavior and Personality
  • 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


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.