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Title : Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice among Regular Female Preparatory School Students towards Emergency Contraceptives in Mekelle, Northern Ethiopia
Authors : Solomon Abrha, Feven Zeratsion, Fantahun Molla, Tadele Eticha, Admassu Assen, Wondim Melkam
Keywords : Emergency contraceptive, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, AtseYohannes preparatory school
Issue Date : November 2014
Abstract :
Background: Emergency Contraceptive (EC) is a type of modern contraception that is indicated after unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure. Use of EC with in a defined time period could prevent unwanted pregnancy and its damaging consequences like unintended child birth and unsafe abortion. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of emergency contraceptives among female preparatory students in Mekelle, North Ethiopia.
Method: A cross sectional study was conducted among 366 female students at Atse Yohanesse preparatory school from January to May 2013. A stratified random sampling technique was used to select study participants. Data processing and analyzing was done using statistical package for social sciences version 20.
Result: In this study, about 90.7% of the respondents had heard about emergency contraceptives. The major sources of information were mass media, club in school and friends. About 277 (75.7%) of the students had good knowledge about EC. The older age was significantly associated with the studentsí awareness (AOR = 2.32, 95% CI: 1.23-4.37). The majority (229(64.9%)) of respondents had a positive attitude towards EC. Age and ethnic group were significantly associated with the studentsí attitude towards EC. Among those respondents who used contraceptives, 60.5% of them responded to use EC. About two-third (67.4%) of ever users of EC had good knowledge of the correct time of taking EC after unprotected sexual intercourse.
Conclusion: Although the findings of this study showed high prevalence of knowledge and attitude towards EC among respondents, the improvement of female studentsí knowledge about specific details of the method and timely utilization of emergency contraception is still required.
Page(s) : 856-864
ISSN : 0975-9492
Source : Vol. 5, No.11