Sexual knowledge and behaviors of Turkish university students: Are students at risk?

The purpose of this study was to provide empirical data regarding the sexual knowledge and behaviors of Turkish university students. Participants were 165 female and 140 male undergraduate students who were recruited on a volunteer basis from a public university in Turkey. The data collection instrument was a self-report anonymous questionnaire that assessed sexuality knowledge, recent sexual behaviors and experiences of university students. Of participants, 38.5% of males and 21.9% of females reported that they had sexual intercourse in the past two years. Among the sexually active participants (n=88), 82.9% of females and 54.7% of males reported frequent use of contraceptive. The difference between female and male students in terms of frequency of contraceptive use was at the significant level. Participants� performance on sexuality knowledge test was average. No significant gender difference was observed with respect to overall knowledge scores. Although 12.1% of males reported that they were dissatisfied with their current sexuality knowledge, it was observed that this percentage tripled for the female participants (30.3%). In general, the results demonstrated that sexually active Turkish male and female students were not as effective as they needed to be in using birth control methods and preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
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Z. Sümer, “Sexual knowledge and behaviors of Turkish university students: Are students at risk?,” presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Geneve, İsviçre, 2006, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: