Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1984

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

Subjects of this study consisted of 140 university students, including married and unmarried men and women at five levels of collegiate education. The instrument utilized for this study was developed by the researcher which included 60 items. The instrument was refined to 40 items by using the results of a pilot study. The instrument of 40 items examined the knowledge level of these students with regard to sexuality and contraception. Nine hypotheses were tested at the .05 level, which included the following independent variables; sex, class, age and marital status. Five out of nine, or 56%, of the hypotheses met the criterion level. Analyses of variance were employed to compare differences among the five educational levels, between men and women, and between married and unmarried students. Statistically significant differences were found at the .05 level with senior level students having a significantly lower mean score with regards to sexuality than the means for the other four educational levels and unmarried women having significantly lower mean scores on both sexuality and contraception components when compared to married women. The t -test for independent means was employed at the .05 level to compare the mean sexuality and contraceptive knowledge levels for the total sample to the mean knowledge level of 60% as cited in the literature. These results indicated that the subjects of the present study had a significantly higher mean score with regards to sexuality than did the sample cited in the literature. It also indicated that the subjects of the present study had a significantly lower mean score with regards to contraception than did the sample cited in the literature.

Rights

Copyright 1984 Pamela Havice

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