Educational Needs of Adult Men regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ahvaz, Iran

Hajizadeh, Marjan and Javadnoori, Mojgan and Javadifar, Nahid (2015) Educational Needs of Adult Men regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ahvaz, Iran. Journal of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, 3 (3). pp. 385-393.

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Abstract

Background & aim: Men’s sexual and reproductive health is one of the most important public health issues. However, less attention has been paid to this matter, compared to women’s health issues. The aim of this study was to evaluate the educational needs of men regarding sexual and reproductive health in Ahvaz, Iran. Methods:This descriptive study was performed on 1,068 adult men (aged 20-60 years), selected via random cluster sampling in Ahvaz city in 2014. In order to determine the educational needs of men regarding sexual and reproductive health, a questionnaire consisting of three major sections (i.e., demographic data, sexual and reproductive health needs, and men’s attitudes) was designed. The validity of the questionnaire was determined by content and face validity. Its reliability was assessed by internal consistency (α=85) and test-retest. For data analysis, descriptive statistics, t-test and ANOVA were performed, using SPSS version 19. Results: The majority of men (75.1) had poor knowledge and a moderate attitude (67.3) towards sexual and reproductive health. The three most important educational needs of men regarding sexual and reproductive health were cancers of male reproductive system (83.8), sexually transmitted diseases (STD)/HIV (77.4) and religious attitudes toward sex (77), respectively. Friends were the most important source of information in all aspects of sexual and reproductive health, while men preferred to receive information from a male physician or counselor. According to the results, men were dissatisfied with the amount of information they received about sexual and reproductive health. Conclusion: Based on the findings, men felt the need for sexual and reproductive health education; these needs were influenced by social and demographic factors, except marital status. If health policymakers pay attention to these educational needs, it is possible to implement suitable programs for improving men's sexual health and knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WP Gynecology
WQ Obstetrics
Divisions: Journals > Midwifery&Reproductive Health J
Depositing User: jmrh jmrh
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 14:52
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/5273

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