Knowledge of emergency contraception (EC), attitudes toward EC, attitudes toward pregnancy, and intended EC use in collegiate female health-seekers
Kusche, Anna G.
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Over-the-counter access to EC has the potential to greatly decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions for collegiate females, a high-risk demographic, yet EC is greatly underutilized by this population. The current study has several purposes: improvement of EC-related assessment through development and use of the Knowledge of EC and Attitudes Toward EC subscales; examination of differences on Knowledge of EC and Attitudes Toward EC subscales, and Attitudes Toward Pregnancy and Personal Growth Initiative scales based on collegiate female demographic characteristics; examination of significant differences on Knowledge of EC, Attitudes Toward EC, Attitudes Toward Pregnancy, and Personal Growth Initiative scales between collegiate female General and Comprehensive Health-Seekers; and investigation of the relationships between intended EC use and all four scales for both subsamples of collegiate female health-seekers and the total sample of college females. Study findings provide profiles of potentially "at-risk" sub-populations with regards to low intended EC use, predictors of intended EC among health-seeking samples, as well as psychometrically sound scales assessing knowledge and attitudes toward EC. Limitations are discussed, and implications for research and practice are presented.