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The Effect of The Reproductive Health and Family Planning Education Given in TAF on the Attitudes of Recruits about Sexually Transmitted Infections

Alper Tunga Kökcü, Ömür Elçioğlu.

AIM: In this study, the effect of the reproductive health and family planning (RHFP) education given to recruits in Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) on the attitudes of the recruits towards the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been investigated.

METHOD: The population of this cross sectional research comprises 1218 recruits assigned in 1st Gendarmerie Training Battalion Command in Kutahya in the third training term of the year 2009. A separate sample was not selected; the all population of survey were included in the study. 1109 recruits were contacted in the research and the rate of response elicited had been 91%. In the gathering of the data; an attitude scale prepared in the likert type was used before and after the training. The sociodemographic properties of the participants were identified separately with a form. The data derived were analyzed with nonparametric tests, and SPSS 15.0 statistics program was used for this purpose.

RESULTS: The recruits involved in the research had an age range of 20 to 30, and the average age was 20,8(±1,8). The participants were from various parts of Turkey and the degrees of their education also varied. While the average attitude score was 4,00(±0,50) before the training, it increased to 4,32(±0,47) after the training and a significant %8 increase in score was achieved(P

Key words: Reproductive health, Ethical issue, Education, Sexually transmitted infections, Attitude.

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