Promoting sexual abstinence intention among female university students: A quasi-experimental study

Fatemeh Rahmati Najarkolaei, Shamsaddin Niknami, Farkhondeh Aminshokravi, Sedigheh S Tavafian, Nemat allah Joneidi Jafari, Allahyar Golabchi


  • Background: The effectiveness of a theory-based educational intervention on intension for sexual abstinence among female university students was evaluated.
  • Methods: Female students were recruited from humanity sciences department through cluster sampling. Educational intervention was applied for four 90-min sessions and by application of cognitive theories during 4 weeks.
  • Results: One hundred and nine female students with mean age of 20.74 ± 1.57 years took part in the study. Despite the similarity of two groups of intervention (n = 53) and control (n = 59) at baseline, there were significant differences between the two groups in mean scores of the variables, knowledge (4.62 ± 1.38 vs. 3.53 ± 1.61), perceived susceptibility (14.05 ± 1.51 vs. 12.37 ± 2.11), and perceived benefits (28.41 ± 2.14 vs. 27.51±3.05), at follow-up time after 3 months (P < 0.05). Additionally, these variables were observed with improvement over 3 months in the intervention group (P < 0.05). However, this study showed no significant effect on the behavior intention and self-efficacy.
  • Conclusion: This study showed that educational intervention could improve knowledge, perceived benefits, and self-efficacy of the female students regarding HIV/AIDS.

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