Impact of Sexual Health Course on Malaysian University Students
Low, W.Y., (2004) Impact of Sexual Health Course on Malaysian University Students. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 59 (4). pp. 443-449. ISSN 0300-5283
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University Malaya. Faculty of Medicine. Health Research Development Unit.
A sexual health course was offered and taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya during semester II of every year as a university elective course to other university students apart from medical students. The course covered a wide range of topics: adolescent sexuality, family planning and pregnancy, violence against women, alternative sexual behavior, physiology of sex, sex and the disabled, gender bias in sexuality, relationship and marriage, sexual dysfunctions, clarification of sexual attitudes and STDs and AIDS. The Sexual Knowledge and Attitude Test (SKAT-II) was used to measure students’ pre- and post-course scores on sexual knowledge and attitudes. Fifty-four students who completed both the pre- and post-course tests showed a significant change in sexual knowledge and their attitudes towards sexual myths and autoeroticism. Sexual knowledge was also positively correlated with age, heterosexual relations, autoeroticism and sexual myths scores. However, sexual knowledges negatively related to religiosity and the influence of religious beliefs on one’s attitudes towards sexual matters. This study showed that the sexual health course offered does have a positive impact in increasing one’s knowledge and changing one’s attitudes towards sexual issues.
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