The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a structured teaching program on knowledge and behavior regarding the resuming of sexual activity post-myocardial infarction. The effects of the teaching program were mea­ sured by the "Cardiac Sexual Knowledge and Behavior Inven­ tory" posttest. This test was administered to the control group prior to attending the planned teaching program. The experimental group attended individualized teaching sessions during the hospitalization period. Subjects in the experi­ mental group were posttested two to four weeks after their hospital discharge. The cardiac clients and their spouses received three two-hour teaching sessions on resuming sexual activity post-myocardial infarction. The subjects were given the "Cardiac Sexual Knowledge" section of the posttest to measure knowledge and the "Beha­ vior Inventory" section of the posttest to measure behavior. Comparison of the experimental and control groups' posttests was done using the t-test at the .05 level of significance. The researcher hypothesized that there would be no signifi­ cant difference in cardiac sexual knowledge or behavior as a result of attending an individualized, six-hour planned teaching program in resuming sexual activity. The statis­ tical data demonstrated significantly higher differences iv in the experimental group's knowledge, behavior, and combined scores, and the researcher was able to reject the null hypo- thes is.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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Phyllis Werner

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Mary Patricia Curtis

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