Date of Graduation
College of Education and Human Services
Learning Sciences and Human Development
Resources associated with learning about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were investigated in relation to college students' sexual knowledge and sexual self-efficacy. Participants included 50 male and 67 female students ages 18, 19, and 20 at West Virginia University. Self-report surveys included the Sexually Transmitted Disease Knowledge Questionnaire (STD-KQ; Jaworski & Carey, 2007), the Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (Cecil & Pinkerton, 1998), and a measure developed by the investigator on resources used by college students to learn about STDs. No relationship was identified between resources used to learn about STDs and college students' sexual knowledge. However, sexual knowledge was a significant predictor of high levels of sexual self-efficacy to refuse sexual intercourse, question potential sex partners, and condom use. Findings in this study confirm previous research on sexual knowledge related to high levels of sexual self-efficacy. Also, information is discussed on extending research for future interventions related to sexual education and prevention of STDs on college campuses.
Masters, Mychael Brooke, "College students' knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases in relation to sexual self-efficacy" (2009). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 805.