Knowledge Levels of Vocational High School Students About Substance Addiction and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Börekçi G., Akdeniz Uysal D., Özel A., Aksu D., Yılmaz M., Yüksel Sarı A., ...More

The Journal of Current Pediatrics, vol.19, pp.212-224, 2021 (Journal Indexed in ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/jcp.2021.0027
  • Title of Journal : The Journal of Current Pediatrics
  • Page Numbers: pp.212-224


Introduction: This study was carried out to determine the knowledge levels of vocational high school students about substance addiction and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Materials and Methods: 20691 students from 22 vocational high schools were included in this study, and it was conducted with a total of 1929 students selected with stratified sampling. The data obtained in this study was collected using a questionnaire form. Results: The mean age of the students was 16.58±1.17, of which 54.1% were male, and 57.4% were high school 9-10th grade. It was determined that most of the students (95.9%) lived with their families and 25.2% of them came with migration. 95.5% of the students stated that they had information about the health hazards of cigarettes, alcohol and other substances. While 60.9% of students stated knowing HIV/AIDS, 55.7% hepatitis B and 45.2% hepatitis C from STDs, 70.1% stated not knowing genital wart, 76.3% gonorrhea, 76.7% syphilis, 86.7% chlamydia, and 87.6% trichomonas. More than half of students stated knowing that STDs have symptoms like vaginal discharge odor (56%), inguinal pain (52.8%), itch (52.1%), and wart and blister (54.3%) in sexual organs. It was determined that more than half of the students do not know complications of STDs, and 41.5% of students stated that condom usage in every intercourse was necessary. 68.8% of the students did not receive any education about STD. Conclusions: It was determined that the vocational high school students did not have enough information about STD and substance abuse and peer-based education were planned for the students.