Assessment of perceived educational needs of damaged women in relation with high risk sexual behavior

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.Sc. of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Lecture of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

3 Associate Professor, Department of Midwifery, Patient Safety and Health Quality Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

4 Professor, Department of Bio-statistics, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

5 General Practitioner, Applied Science Education Center, Mashhad, Iran.


Introduction: Paying attention to women`s health educational needs should be considered as primarily importance due to woman's sensitive role in the community. One of the damaged women in the society is sex worker women that they must comfort in priority educational program about preventive high risk sexual behavior because of the high rate of unprotected high risk sexual behavior. This study was performed with the aim to determine the perceived educational needs of damaged women in relation with high risk sexual behavior.
Methods: This descriptive study was performed on 40 sex worker women living in Mashhad Vakilabad prison at 2013. Data collection tool was a questionnaire which measured the educational needs in the area of high risk sexual behavior with 5-points Likert scale. Data was analyzed using SPSS software version 16, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, spearman correlation and ANOVA.
Results: In this study, generally, the rate of educational need was more than moderate (score 3). The first educational priority was sexually transmitted diseases symptom and there was no significant relation between educational needs and socio-demographic characteristics.
Conclusion: The sex worker women feel need for education in the area of high risk sexual relationship. Therefore, it is necessary to design and implement the educational programs by specialized persons based on known needs of these women to promote their sexual heath.


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