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Sechrist, Karen R.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Nursing


Nursing students--Psychology; Sex instruction--Psychological aspects


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of the inclusion of course content on human sexuality in the curriculum at the diploma level on the attitudes, knowledge, and situational responses of student nurses. The Sex Knowledge and Attitude Test (SKAT) was used to measure change in attitudes and knowledge, while the Professional Sexual Role Inventory (PSRI) was used to measure change in situational responses by the 59 subjects who participated in this study. A paired sample t-test was used to determine the pretest-posttest differences within each group, while an independent sample t-test was used to determine differences between the experimental group and the control group. Pearson’s r was used to determine the correlation of the PSRI score to each of the SKAT scores. The experimental group demonstrated significantly more gains in their autoeroticism scores than the control group did. The same was also noted for the PSRI scores. The findings suggest that, for this sample of diploma student nurses, a 15-hour unit on human sexuality was effective in causing a change in the students' attitudes toward autoeroticism, and in increasing their comfort in dealing with situations with sexual overtones.


Bibliography: pages [51]-54.


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