A Coding Structure to Analyze Women’s Reactions to a Sexual Health Assessment
Advisor:von Sadovszky, Vicki
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Honors Theses; 2014
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major health concern among young women. Assessing women’s risk behaviors is paramount in educating women in order to prevent transmission of STIs. In the past, women have not been willing to disclose their risk behaviors due to fear of stigmatization by health professionals. Understanding how young women feel about sexual health questions today is paramount in developing a rapport in which to educate young women about sexual health. The purpose of this project was to set up a coding structure for one of the questions assessing women’s reactions to a sexual health questionnaire. Methods: The parent study examined the psychometric properties of the sexual health assessment, called the Heterosexual Women’s Sexual Risk Assessment. Sample: A subset of the original sample responded to open-ended questions regarding their reactions to the assessment. Responses from 30 undergraduate women were used to establish a coding structure for one of the open-ended questions. Data analysis: The question used to develop this coding structure was, “What did women find helpful about the questionnaire?” Data from the thirty women were content analyzed using McLaughlin and Marascuilo’s three-phase technique for open-ended questions. Preliminary findings: The majority of participants found the questionnaire helpful. The most often cited theme was that there was a new realization of risk. With this, researchers will be able to code the rest of the data to see the magnitude of responses.
Academic Major: Nursing
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