Exploring college students’ sexual and reproductive health literacy

Cheryl A. Vamos, Erika Lynne Thompson, Rachel G. Logan, Stacey Barrett Griner, Karen M. Perrin, Laura K. Merrell, Ellen M. Daley

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Objective: To assess college students’ sexual and reproductive health (SRH) literacy experiences, specific to contraception use and STI prevention. Participants: In Spring 2015, participants (n = 43) from a large institution participated in six focus groups (two male and four females groups). Methods: Focus groups were guided by the health literacy domains (access; understand; appraise; apply); data were analyzed in MaxQDA using the constant comparative method. Results: The Internet was the most commonly accessed source for SRH information. Participants discussed facilitators (eg, use of visuals) and barriers (eg, medical jargon) to understanding information; and personal lifestyle, advice from family/friends, symptoms, and sexual partners as appraisal factors. Participants applied information by communicating with friends/providers and seeking healthcare. However, findings were not linear nor mutually exclusive, representing the interaction of health literacy skills. Conclusion: Findings suggest that a patient-centered intervention capitalizing on technology and trusted individuals (providers/peer educators) may facilitate college students’ SRH literacy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of American College Health
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StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018

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Health Literacy
Reproductive Health
Students
Focus Groups
Sexual Partners
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Contraception
Health Personnel
Internet
Life Style
Technology

Keywords

  • Community health
  • counseling
  • health education

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Vamos, Cheryl A. ; Thompson, Erika Lynne ; Logan, Rachel G. ; Griner, Stacey Barrett ; Perrin, Karen M. ; Merrell, Laura K. ; Daley, Ellen M. / Exploring college students’ sexual and reproductive health literacy. In: Journal of American College Health. 2018.
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