Factors affecting sexual health-seeking behaviors of young people


JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-HEIDELBERG, vol.30, no.12, pp.2899-2910, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10389-021-01508-y
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.2899-2910
  • Keywords: Sexual health-seeking behavior, Young people, Sexual health
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Aim This study was conducted to investigate sexual health-seeking behaviors of young people and factors affecting these behaviors. Methods In this descriptive, cross-sectional study, the sample consisted of 1502 students studying at a university. Results A statistically significant difference was found between the sexual health knowledge levels of young people and their age, gender, type of school, family type, income status, mostly lived place, parental education and sexual health education (p < 0.05). When young people experience a problem related to sexual health, the behavior of seeking sexual health varies according to gender, type of school, education, and training place of sexual health (p < 0.05). There is a statistically significant difference between the young people's behavior of seeking sexual health and sexual health knowledge levels (p < 0.001). Conclusion Sexual health information is an important factor that affects sexual health-seeking behavior. Being female increases the state of showing sexual health-seeking behavior. In this study, it was found that young people's sexual health education increases their sexual health-seeking behavior. As the sexual health knowledge of young people increases, their behavior of seeking sexual health increases.