Sexual myths and attitudes regarding sexuality of nursing students: A mixed method study


Akalin A., ÖZKAN B.

Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ppc.12717
  • Title of Journal : Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Abstract

© 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLCPurpose: To determine the nursing students' sexual myths and attitudes regarding sexuality, and to explore their views towards sexual care in practice. Design and Methods: A mixed-method sequential explanatory design was used. Data were collected using Questionnaire Form, Sexual Myths Scale (SMS), Sexual Attitude and Beliefs Scale (SABS), and Focus-Group Interview Form. Findings: The average scores on the SMS and the SABS were 58.66 ± 18.74 and 37.50 ± 6.97, respectively, indicating students' sexual myths and their attitudes regarding sexuality were moderate. A positive, significant correlation was found between SMS and SABS scores (p < 0.001). In the interviews, the views on the barriers and facilitators in sexual care and the negative effect of sexual myths on sexual care were revealed. Practice Implications: Courses regarding sexuality should include into nursing curriculum from the first years of undergraduate education.