The Development and Validation of Sexual Health Education Needs Assessment Questionnaire of Iranian Engaged couples

Masoumeh Simbar, Zahra Bostani khalesi, Seyed Ali Azin

Background: Knowledge about sexual health is one of the basic needs of young couples. The present study aimed to develop and validate the Sexual Health Education Needs Assessment Questionnaire (SHENAQ). Materials and Methods: This study was a sequential explorato­ry mixed method. In the qualitative phase, In-depth interviews were conducted with 38 en­gaged and married men and women and 9 key informants. After a literature review, in the quantitative phase, validity properties of the SHENAQ were assessed. Results: Sexual health education needs consists of 4 themes “Suitable content for education “,” Characteristics of competent educators”, “Appropriate technologies in education” and” Educational convenient features”. The content validity ratio (CVR) and content validity index (CVI) of the instrument were 0.91 and0.83 respectively. SHENAQ was designed with 46 items. The instrument’s in­ternal consistency was confirmed by alpha coefficient 0.863 and stability assessment through the test-retest was 0.824. Conclusion: SHENAQ is culturally sensitive with satisfactory va­lidity and reliability and could be used to increase the effectiveness of premarital education. [GMJ.2017;6(4):302-11] DOI: 10.22086/gmj.v6i4.854

Sex Education, Reproductive Health, Scale Development, Scale Validation

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