Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Health Promotion and Human Performance
Christine Karshin, PhD, Chair
Joan Cowdery, PhD
Ellen Gold, MBA, MSED
A web-based cross sectional analysis utilizing the Spearman Coefficient was used to examine the relationship between 341 college students’ knowledge and attitudes toward emergency contraception. Personal characteristics and background factors such as age, race, gender, past and current use of contraception, past unintended pregnancies, and type of sex education in high school were compared to current knowledge levels and attitudes as related to use among college students. Results indicated that general knowledge is high, but detailed knowledge is lacking. Confusion between emergency contraception and RU-486 exist, which could lead to concerned attitudes ultimately effecting use. Most high schools that offer sex education do not include information about emergency contraception. Of those that do, knowledge is significantly affected. In conclusion, implementations should focus on obtaining correct detailed knowledge about emergency contraception and advocating for inclusion of emergency contraception information in sex education programs during high school.
Waldrup, Amanda Marie, "The effect of knowledge and attitudes of emergency contraception on its use in undergraduate students" (2008). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 521.