Volume 1, Number 1 (Spring 2014)                   JECH 2014, 1(1): 36-45 | Back to browse issues page



DOI: 10.20286/jech-010136

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Barati M, Soltanian A, Emdadi S, Zahiri B, Barzeghar N. Analyzing Sexual Health-Related Beliefs Among Couples in Marriage Based on the Health Belief Model. JECH. 2014; 1 (1) :36-45
URL: http://jech.umsha.ac.ir/article-1-23-en.html

1- MSc, Department of Public Health, School of Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.
2- Assistant Professor, Modeling of Noncommunicable Disease Research Center and Department of Biostatistics, School of Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.
3- MSc, Department of Public Health, School of Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran. , Sh.emdadi@umsha.ac.ir
4- BSc, Department of Public Health, School of Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.
Abstract:   (5028 Views)

Introduction: Sexual health is the integrity between mind, emotions, and body, and any disorder leading to discoordination, can be associated with sexual dysfunction. The aim of this study was to investigate the beliefs of couples attending marriage counseling centers toward sexual health based on the health belief model. 

Materials and Methods: This cross sectional descriptive study was performed on 400 couples referring to marriage counseling centers of Hamadan recruited with a random sampling method. The participants completed a self-administered questionnaire including demographic characteristics, knowledge and health belief model constructs. Data analysis was performed using SPSS-16 software, by Pearson’s coefficient correlation, independent T-test, and one-way ANOVA. 
Results: Couples had a moderate knowledge of sexual health. In addition, perceived susceptibility and severity of the consequences of unsafe sexual behavior among couples were not satisfactory however, perceived benefits and barriers were reported in a relatively good level. Internet and friends were the most important sources for sexual health information. 
Conclusion: Promoting knowledge and beliefs toward sexual health by preparing training packages based on the needs of couples and removing obstacles to have normal sexual behavior are necessary.
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Type of Study: Research Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/07/14 | Accepted: 2014/07/15

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