Sexual and Reproductive Health Education Needs, Gender Roles Attitudes and Acceptance of Couple Violence According to Engaged Men and Women

Terzioglu F., Kok G., Guvenc G., ÖZDEMİR F., GÖNENÇ İ. M., Hicyilmaz B. D., ...More

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH JOURNAL, vol.54, no.3, pp.354-360, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10597-017-0227-3
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.354-360
  • Keywords: Reproductive health, Sexual health, Attitudes, Gender, Acceptance, Violence, Engaged couples, ADOLESCENTS
  • Ankara University Affiliated: Yes


This descriptive study was aimed to evaluate the attitudes of the engaged men and women who are of legal age to marry towards gender roles and acceptance of couple violence, and determine their sexual/reproductive health education needs. It was conducted in two marriage registry offices in Ankara, Turkey. The study sample consisted of 740 participants. Data were collected by using semi-structured form, Gender Roles Attitude Scale and Acceptance of Couple Violence Scale. It was found that the engaged couples had educational needs concerning sexual/reproductive health; socio-demographic characteristics such as gender, age, education, residence, and income level created significant differences in the attitudes related to accepting gender roles and violence; and having an egalitarian attitude towards gender roles decreased the rate of accepting violence between the couples. Results indicate that premarital counseling is a promising strategy to support engaged couples' sexual/reproductive health needs, and increase their awareness about gender based couple violence in communities.