Who Knows More about Condoms? A Comparison Between Nursing Students, Education Students, and at-Risk Adolescents

Anne E. Norris, Meredith M. Beaton

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine knowledge regarding appropriate use of condoms and lubricants among three groups: female at-risk adolescents, nursing students, and education students. Methods: Study participants were 236 adolescents: 65 recruited through community agencies, 79 female nursing students, and 92 female education students. These participants completed anonymous questionnaires concerning lubricants, general condom knowledge, and sexual experience. Results: Neither nursing students nor education students were more knowledgeable than adolescents not enrolled in college. All participants were about as likely to think unsafe lubricants were safe as they were to think that safe lubricants were unsafe. Personal experience with vaginal intercourse and condom use was associated with increased knowledge (p < 0.05). However, 27% to 66% of participants who had used condoms answered the lubricant questions incorrectly. Implications: Nursing students need more education about condoms and condom lubricants if they intend to teach patients effectively. Moreover, nurses should not assume that youth are knowledgeable about appropriate condom use based on their level of education or sexual experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Condoms
  • HIV
  • Nursing
  • Sex education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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