Published: 2016-12-28

Effectiveness of structured teaching programme on knowledge regarding sexual health among young adults

Atul Kumar, Mahalingam Venkateshan, Selvi .


Background: Adulthood is the pinnacle of all stages of human growth and development. Sexuality plays the axial role in all the spheres of human life. Individual’s health can be regarded on the reciprocal function of his sexuality and sexual practices. Abnormal sexuality results in deviation in physical, physiological, psychological and even economical disturbances. The main aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of structured teaching programme on knowledge regarding sexual health among young adults.

Methods: Quasi experimental one group pre-test and post-test research design was used. Sixty young male adults were selected by using non probability convenient sampling. After the pretest structured teaching programme (STP) on sexual health was implemented among young male adults and on 15th day of STP post-test was done by using the same tools.

Results: During the pre-test majority (91.7%) of males had inadequate knowledge regarding sexual health .The mean knowledge score was significantly (p<0.001) increased from pretest (9.80±1.7) to post test (24.10±2.19) where the mean difference was 14.30. The demographic variables like age, education and marital status had significant (p<0.05) association with the post-test knowledge score.

Conclusions: Most of the male adults had inadequate knowledge and none had adequate knowledge regarding sexual health. The STP was highly effective in increasing the knowledge score among young males. Educational intervention programs must be given due importance, which will help the adult males to take care of their own health and protect themselves from the risk of STDs etc.



Knowledge, Male adults, Sexual health, Structured teaching program

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