Exploring college students' family discussion about organ and tissue donation
Vincent, Donald E, III
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One hundred fifty-four undergraduate students at the University at Buffalo were asked to discuss organ and tissue donation with their families and then 33percent reported an affect on their attitudes towards the topic of organ and tissue donation. 72% reported the family conversation had no affect on their families' attitudes report on the conversation. Ninety-four percent of the students communicated their intentions to family members. Students more often reported speaking to their mothers (67%) compared to their fathers (26%). Family members usually reacted either positively (60%) or neutrally (27%) to the topic of organ and tissue donation. Students reported initiating the conversation by mentioning their participation in this project (39%) or by asking about their family member'(s) intentions (34%). Students' attitudes and willingness to communicate was significantly related to if students' discussed organ donation with their families. Family conversations lasted a median of 10 minutes. Sixty-seven percent of students reported the family conversation did not affect their own attitudes 28percent did report an affect.