Publication Date

Spring 4-2015

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Tamara McKinnon

Second Advisor

Susan MacKeefrey

Third Advisor

Daniel Boken

Keywords

Sexually transmitted diseases, STD education, College students and STDs

Abstract

In the United States, nearly 50% of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) reported each year occur in adolescents and young adults ages 15-24. An IRB approved, exploratory mix method research study was conducted in a California Community College to investigate participants' opinions on STD education tools, effectiveness, and to rank preferred instructional methods used in 51h-12'h grades. One hundred and thirteen students participated and reported use of variety of educational tools with the lecture technique selected by almost 80% surveyed. Demonstration of condom application had highest percent ranked as number one for the preferred educational tool; yet had the least percent reported as used in STD education. Incorporation of student's preferred educational tools with the Behavior Change Model can promote self-efficacy and healthy lifestyle choices. Healthcare providers and educators have an opportunity to identify and overcome obstacles that hinder use of tools that provide effective STD education.

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