The Impact of Population and Family Planning Course on the Knowledge and Attitude of Students towards Contraceptive Methods: a Study on Female Students of Islamic Azad University/Abadan Branch in 2005-6
Strides in Development of Medical Education: January 31, 2008, 4 (1); e58447
July 28, 2007
Article Type: Research Article
July 22, 2017
May 06, 2007
M , Sultanian
A , Movaghar
M . The Impact of Population and Family Planning Course on the Knowledge and Attitude of Students towards Contraceptive Methods: a Study on Female Students of Islamic Azad University/Abadan Branch in 2005-6,
Strides Dev Med Educ.
Background & Objective: One of the greatest problems of the present century is the uncontrolled
increase in population and control of this increase is among the most important priorities of every
society if it is to achieve the goals of health and development. Proper education, via creating a
change in individuals' attitudes and way of thinking, is considered as a basic step in achieving the
goals of family planning. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of family planning
course presented in universities on knowledge and attitude of students toward contraceptive
Methods: This quasi-experimental study (before-after) performed on 234 female students of
Islamic Azad University/Abadan branch who attended the population and family planning course
in the first semester of the academic year 2005-2006. Subjects were selected by non-random and
convenience sampling. Data were collected using a questionnaire distributed once before and once
after attending the family planning course.
Results: According to the results, 66.1% of the students were in the age range of 20-24 years,
11.7% were married, 17.7% were employed, and 83.6% were students of associate degree and
16.4% bachelor degree. Mean (±SD) knowledge score of students was 3.65(±1.79) before the
course that raised to 8.89(±2.6) after the course (P=0.001). Mean (±SD) attitude score of students
before the intervention was 5.88(±1.99) that rose to 7.27(±2.01) after the intervention (p=0.003).
Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, family planning programs should be based on
training, since an increase in awareness and attitude of people, resulting from efficient educational
programs, paves the way for using safe contraceptive methods and change of reproductive
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