This descriptive study was designed to determine the need for education about adolescent sexuality for public health nurses (PHNs) in Mississippi. Two null hypothesis were stated. Hypothesis I stated that when the nurses' levels of education and attitude scores on the Adolescent Knowledge and Attitude Questionnaire were correlated, there would be no significant correlations at the .05 level. Hypothesis II stated that when the nurses' levels of education and knowledge scores on the Adolescent Knowledge and Attitude Questionnaire were correlated, there would be no significant correlations at the .05 level. Data were collected from 139 subjects who completed the Adolescent Knowledge and Attitude Questionnaire. The nurses * scores on the survey were correlated with their levels of education utilizing the Biserial Correlation coefficient at the .05 level of significance. The results demonstrated no significant correlation between the educational levels and the attitude scores; however, there were significant correlations between diploma and associate degree levels and knowledge scores. Therefore, the researcher failed to reject null Hypothesis I and rejected Hypothesis II.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Mary Patricia Curtis
Peavie, Charlotte, "Mississippi Public Health Nurses' Attitudes and Knowledge About Adolescent Sexuality" (1985). MSN Research Projects. 262.