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My capstone project will be based on college students and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Working in a student health center at a SUNY college, a significant problem we are faced with is the rising number of students who are testing positive for STIs.
Article 1- Knowledge and attitude about sexually transmitted infections other than HIV among college student.
This article assesses the knowledge, awareness, and attitude of college students about sexually transmitted infections. Findings from this article revealed the importance of orienting students about sexual health and safe sex practices. Strengths of this article was that it targeted college ages students between the ages of 18-22. The study offered many great questions to the participants such as their knowledge of complications associated with STIs as well as what their perception was on symptoms of STIs. No weaknesses pertaining to this articles was noted.
Article 2- The Association between Alcohol and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among College Students. This article discusses alcohol use contributing to engagement in risky sexual behaviors. Alcohol use is prevalent among college students and may contribute to sexual risk behavior engagement. Strength- performing a research on one of the most commonly used and abused substance by young adults. Understanding factors that may underlie the association between alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors.
Weakness- When measuring alcohol use, few studies from this article focused on problem drinking, alcohol abuse, and/or alcohol dependence.
Article 3- Sexual Hookups and Adverse Health Outcomes: A longitudinal Study of First-Year College Women. This study examined the associations between sexual hookup behavior and depression, sexual victimization, and STIs amongst first-year college women.
Strength from this article is that it offered a lot of information on the study. 483 women were surveyed over 13 months assessing oral and vaginal sex with hookup and romantic partners, depression, sexual victimization, and self-reported STIs. One weakness in this study was that the results were limited and included first-year female students from one university. Additional research is needed sampling men as well and not limiting it to only first year college students.
Article 4- Testing for sexually transmitted infections among students: a discrete choice experiment of service preferences. This article accessed preferences among college students for STIs testing services with a view establishing strength of preference for different service attributes. Strength- major strength of this preference study the discrete choice design, which is an approach that requires individuals to make choices and allows the relative strength of different service characteristics to be assessed and studied. One weakness to this article is some participants failed to answer some questions correctly indicating a lack of understanding.
Article 5- College students’ sexual health: personal responsibility or the responsibility of the college. This articles discusses a student’s perception of individual and institutional responsibility for sexual health education.One strength that this article possesses is that the research setting is diverse. It was also the first research to examine sexual health issues in a two-year college students.
Weakness- lack of exploration of resources available in the surrounding community. Lack of insight of campus experts on available resources for sexual health.
Article 6- Talking about links between sexually transmitted infections and infertility with college and university students. The purpose of this research was to determine if college students would benefit from more education in order to improve their understanding of the long-term consequences of untreated STIs. Strength-large number of participants which enabled a great quantity of detailed information to be obtained.
Weakness-participants may have been influenced by others in the group by feeling pressured into agreeing with dominating views. It was not clear how many of the participants knew each other which may have alternated results.