Knowledge, Attitude, and Associated Factors towards Safe Abortion among Private College Female Students in Gondar City, Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Study

Joint Authors

Dessalegn Mekonnen, Birye
Wubneh, Chalachew Adugna

Source

Advances in Preventive Medicine

Issue

Vol. 2020, Issue 2020 (31 Dec. 2020), pp.1-8, 8 p.

Publisher

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Publication Date

2020-11-04

Country of Publication

Egypt

No. of Pages

8

Main Topic

Public Health

Abstract EN

Background.

Women die from complications of unsafe abortion in developing countries because most have little knowledge about how to safely access to abortion care.

Studies on knowledge, attitude, and associated factors towards safe abortion are limited in general and particularly among private college students.

Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess knowledge, attitude, and associated factors towards safe abortion among private college female students in Gondar City, Northwest Ethiopia.

Methods.

An institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted from April 30, 2019, to May 30, 2019, among private college students in the Gondar town.

Data were collected from 633 female students using self-administered questionnaires by a simple random sampling technique.

Bivariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed to identify association of dependent and independent variables using SPSS, version 20.

Results.

A total of 633 respondents participated in this study with the response rate of 97.7%.

The majority (433 (68.4%)) of students had good knowledge about safe abortion.

Older age (AOR = 2.79, 95% CI: 1.16, 7.29), urban residence (AOR = 2.42, 95% CI: 1.26, 4.35), family education (AOR = 3.18, 95% CI: 1.32, 7.06), and ever having heard about safe abortion (AOR = 4.36, 95% CI: 1.89, 10.83) were factors associated with knowledge of students on safe abortion.

Regarding attitude, 361 (57%) of students had favorable attitude towards safe abortion.

Age (AOR = 6.58, 95% CI: 2.71, 11.21) and urban residence (AOR = 1.51, 95% CI: 1.09, 2.21) were factors significantly associated with attitude towards safe abortion.

Conclusion.

More than half of the participants have good knowledge and attitude towards safe abortion, but still a significant proportion of students have poor knowledge and unfavorable attitude.

Information, education, and communication programs on youth reproductive health should be provided to address topics on safe abortion for students.

Forums and panel discussions on safe abortion need to be undertaken especially, among youths and students who come from rural area.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Dessalegn Mekonnen, Birye& Wubneh, Chalachew Adugna. 2020. Knowledge, Attitude, and Associated Factors towards Safe Abortion among Private College Female Students in Gondar City, Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Study. Advances in Preventive Medicine،Vol. 2020, no. 2020, pp.1-8.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1130038

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Dessalegn Mekonnen, Birye& Wubneh, Chalachew Adugna. Knowledge, Attitude, and Associated Factors towards Safe Abortion among Private College Female Students in Gondar City, Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Study. Advances in Preventive Medicine No. 2020 (2020), pp.1-8.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1130038

American Medical Association (AMA)

Dessalegn Mekonnen, Birye& Wubneh, Chalachew Adugna. Knowledge, Attitude, and Associated Factors towards Safe Abortion among Private College Female Students in Gondar City, Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Study. Advances in Preventive Medicine. 2020. Vol. 2020, no. 2020, pp.1-8.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1130038

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes bibliographical references

Record ID

BIM-1130038