RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND CONTRACEPTIVE USE AMONG TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS STUDENTS
The study „‟Relationship between knowledge of Reproductive Health and Contraceptive Use among Tertiary Institutions‟ Students in Niger State‟‟ was conducted to determine the knowledge of reproductive health and its relationship with contraceptive use among the respondents. A cross-sectional descriptive survey design was used. The thirteen tertiary institutions in Niger State were clustered into University, Polytechnic, Monotechnic, and College of Education. One tertiary institution was selected from each cluster from where 700 respondents were selected to serve as the sample. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire consisting of 52 items covering reproductive health knowledge and contraceptive use. The collected data from the returned questionnaires were statistically analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics such as frequency distribution and percentages were used to describe the reproductive health knowledge and contraceptive use among Tertiary institutions students, while chi square statistic was used to determine relationship between them. Student t-test and Analysis of variance (ANOVA) were used to determine the difference between and among the students. The results of the study revealed a significant level of reproductive health knowledge, low contraceptive use, and moderately strong positive relationship between reproductive health knowledge and contraceptive use. Also, significant difference was found to exist in contraceptive use according to sex, religion, and marital status. However, no significant difference was established in the knowledge of reproductive health according to religion, age and ethnicity. Based on these findings, it was recommended that young people be empowered with necessary skills needed to translate knowledge into action, there should be improved access to reproductive health services; also reproductive health education should consider variables like marital status, religion and sex.
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