Abstract

The purpose of this research was to assess and evaluate sampled university students' knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors related to the Plan B emergency contraceptive. To collect data, a 29 item survey was developed and administered to students in sampled classrooms at Minnesota State University, Mankato campus regarding their knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors related to the Plan B emergency contraceptive; as well as demographic information. The findings of the study indicated there were some participants who have much knowledge about the Plan B emergency contraceptive. However, findings also showed that there were a number of participants who lacked knowledge about the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill. Despite lacking knowledge, many students had strong attitudes about when Plan B emergency contraception should be used. Recommendations for further study includ conducting the study with students at other universities, and investigating if the use of Plan B has increased since it has become available over the counter for anyone at any age. Further, health education specialists can provide education on regular use of contraception and emergency contraception to students in high school so they have some knowledge before entering college.

Advisor

Judith K. Luebke

First Committee Member

Amy Hedman

Second Committee Member

Dawn Larsen

Date of Degree

2014

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Science

College

Allied Health and Nursing

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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