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University of Northern Iowa--Students--Sexual behavior; University of Northern Iowa; College students--Sexual behavior--Iowa--Cedar Falls; College students--Sexual behavior; Students--Sexual behavior; Iowa--Cedar Falls; Academic theses;


Undergraduate college students, despite widespread prevention and education efforts, still engage in sexual behaviors that place them at risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The hypothesis of the study was that higher levels of knowledge of STDs were associated with positive sexual behavior. Thus, sexual behavior, knowledge of STDs, and the relationship between those two aspects among 103 undergraduate students (70 women and 33 men) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) were examined in the study.

No statistical significance was found in terms of college students' knowledge of STDs and their sexual behavior. This study showed that female students were more knowledgeable about STDs than male students. In terms of sexual behavior, UNI students maintained the same pattern of lifestyle as five years ago. More research on a similar topic to this study is necessary. Also, future studies should focus on other factors, such as, religious belief, peer influence, and social norms, which influence college students' sexual behavior.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Thomas M. Davis

Second Advisor

Dennis C. Cryer

Third Advisor

Catherine L. Zeman


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