Sexual Behaviors of College Students Attending Four Universities in a Southern State

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R Mark Kelley, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Linda Synovitz, Southeastern Louisiana University, Gerald Carlson, University of Louisiana--Lafayette, and Andrea L. Schuster, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

The purpose of the study was to investigate the sexual behaviors of college students in a southern state. The sexual behaviors of students in this area are of particular interest because of the high rates of STDs in the region. The participants (n = 982) were primarily female (65.1%), White (77.4%), 20--23 years of age (47.9%), and were students at four southern universities. The instrument used in the study elicited information regarding demographics, sexual behavioral intention, participation in sexual behaviors and participants perception of the quality of their past sexuality education. Eighty-three percent of this sample reported having sexual intercourse. Statistical analysis revealed that participants who indicated they had not participated in sexual intercourse had higher (p [less than] .01) mean perceptions of the quality of their sexuality education than those who had participated in sexual intercourse. Nonparametric correlation analysis revealed a statistically significant a relationship between th e intention to refuse sexual intercourse when the partner refused to use a condom and the perceived quality of education about STD protection (p = . …