Student midwives' perspectives of women's sexual and reproductive health literacy in Turkey.

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Church, S., Ejder Apay, S., Gurol, A., Slaveva, Y. and Mills, R. (2023). Student midwives' perspectives of women's sexual and reproductive health literacy in Turkey. Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives. 37, p. 100864. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2023.100864
AuthorsChurch, S., Ejder Apay, S., Gurol, A., Slaveva, Y. and Mills, R.
AbstractThis study focused on the issues surrounding health literacy in the context of women's sexual and reproductive health (SRH), the significance and availability of information for midwives and women; and the socio-cultural influences and barriers related to women's level of health literacy. A cross sectional on-line survey was distributed to 280 student midwives in their 2nd 3rd and 4th year of a midwifery programme. This paper focuses on the responses from 138 students which were analysed using descriptive and non-parametric tests. Student midwives indicated their level of agreement regarding women's ability to access, understand, and appraise information they received verbally and in written form about the six main SRH topics (namely contraception, STIs, abortion, Pap tests and cervical cancer, and fertility and pregnancy), from their midwife but agreement was much lower regarding women's access to SRH information from peers and their families. False beliefs were ranked as the most common barrier to accessing information and services. Students ranked being a refugee, being from a rural area, being educated to a primary school level or not formally educated, as having the greatest negative impact on women's health literacy. Findings from this study indicate the role that the sociocultural background of Islamic culture plays in the disparities in sexual and reproductive health literacy (SRHL) for women from the perspective of student midwives. Our findings indicate the need for future research to focus on women as participants to gain their first-hand experiences of SRHL. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.]
KeywordsSexual and reproductive health; Health literacy; Student midwives
Year2023
JournalSexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives
Journal citation37, p. 100864
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1877-5764
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2023.100864
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Online29 May 2023
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Accepted24 May 2023
Deposited03 Jul 2023
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