Who told you what? Sources of information about contraception utilized by college women
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The two primary aims of the present study were to determine if college women rely on certain sources of information about contraception more than other sources, and to examine if there is a relationship between the type of information being sought and the type of source utilized. Women may learn information about contraception from various sources, such as doctors, family members, friends, the internet, media, and other sources. Previous research suggests that many factors influence a woman’s choices about contraception, and various factors impact access to sources of information about contraception, but, to my knowledge, little research has examined to what extent women rely on various sources of information about contraception, specifically among college women. 176 college women from Texas State University completed an online survey that asked them questions about the kinds of sources they rely on for information about contraception. I expect to find that some sources of information are more popular than others and may find an association between type of information sought and type of source used. We conclude that doctors or other medical professionals, the internet, friends and family members are important sources of information about contraception for college women. These findings could impact our understanding of how women’s health information is spread and help improve efforts to share such information in an effective way.