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Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 49–59 | Cite as

Turkish University Students’ Beliefs in Sexual Myths

  • Kamile Kukulu
  • Elif Gürsoy
  • Gülşen Ak Sözer
Original Paper

Abstract

Sexual myths are exaggerated and unscientific ideas on sexual topics that people mistakenly believe to be true. Sex education is the most cost effective intervention to prevent sexual problems and to promote high standards concerning the quality of sexual life. In this study, the sexual beliefs of Turkish university students were evaluated. A 33-question survey form was administered to 290 females and 308 males (total of 598) senior university students. A greater proportion of females than males had received formal education about sexuality. Approximately one-third of the males believed that providing sex education encouraged sexual behavior. More than half of the students believed that marrying a virgin increased sexual satisfaction and that circumcision was important for cleanliness of the penis. The percentages of students who accepted or rejected these myths were similar regardless of whether they were studying social sciences, physical science, and health sciences. Studying the sexual beliefs of adolescents and young people will be beneficial in planning sex education programs as well as determining their content within academic and medical environments.

Keywords

Sexuality Gender University students Sexual knowledge Myths Turkey 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to all the students who participated in this study. This study received external funding from Akdeniz University Scientific Research Project Unit.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kamile Kukulu
    • 1
  • Elif Gürsoy
    • 2
  • Gülşen Ak Sözer
    • 1
  1. 1.School of HealthAkdeniz UniversityAntalyaTurkey
  2. 2.Ministry of HealthAnkaraTurkey

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