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Emergency contraceptive knowledge, attitudes and practices among female students at the University of Botswana : a descriptive survey

dc.contributor.authorKgosiemang, Bobbyen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBlitz, Juliaen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-09T11:51:36Z
dc.date.available2019-09-09T11:51:36Z
dc.date.issued2018-09
dc.identifier.citationKgosiemang, B. & Blitz, J. 2018. Emergency contraceptive knowledge, attitudes and practices among female students at the University of Botswana: A descriptive survey. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, 10(1):a1674, doi:10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1674.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2071-2936 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2071-2928 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1674
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106436
dc.descriptionCITATION: Kgosiemang, B. & Blitz, J. 2018. Emergency contraceptive knowledge, attitudes and practices among female students at the University of Botswana: A descriptive survey. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, 10(1):a1674, doi:10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1674.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfmen_ZA
dc.description.abstractBackground: Unintended pregnancies are associated with unsafe abortions and maternal deaths, particularly in countries such as Botswana, where abortion is illegal. Many of these unwanted pregnancies could be avoided by using emergency contraception, which is widely available in Botswana. Aim: To assess the level of knowledge, attitudes and practices of female students with regard to emergency contraception at the University of Botswana. Setting: Students from University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. Methods: A descriptive survey among 371 students selected from all eight faculties at the university. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire and analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences. Results: The mean age was 20.6 years (SD 1.62), 58% were sexually active, 22% had used emergency contraception and 52% of pregnancies were unintended. Of the total respondents, 95% replied that they had heard of emergency contraception; however, only 53% were considered to have good knowledge, and 55% had negative attitudes towards its use. Students from urban areas had better knowledge than their rural counterparts (p = 0.020). Better knowledge of emergency contraception was associated with more positive attitudes towards actual use (p < 0.001). Older students (p < 0.001) and those in higher years of study (p = 0.001) were more likely to have used emergency contraception. Conclusion: Although awareness of emergency contraception was high, level of knowledge and intention to use were low. There is a need for a targeted health education programme to provide accurate information about emergency contraception.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1674
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSISen_ZA
dc.subjectEmergency contraceptiveen_ZA
dc.subjectunprotected sexen_ZA
dc.subjectemergency contraceptionen_ZA
dc.subjectMorning-after pillen_ZA
dc.subjectUniversity of Botswanaen_ZA
dc.titleEmergency contraceptive knowledge, attitudes and practices among female students at the University of Botswana : a descriptive surveyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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