Factors influencing intention to practice for the prevention of Syphilis among junior high school students in Nakhon Ratchasima Province

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Suda Hanklang
Natthaphong SSareenan
Areeya Marnpae
Nantana Artnarong
Napassavan Sornprasit
Pinitsupa Khantikul
Thanapong Piraksa


This descriptive correlational research was conducted to examine factors influencing the intention to practice to prevent syphilis among junior high school students in Mueang District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. A multi-stage sampling was utilized to select 413 participants, and data were collected through questionnaires with a Cronbach's alpha coefficient greater than 0.70. Descriptive statistics and stepwise multiple regression were used to analyze the data with a statistical significance level of 0.05. Results showed that 60.0% of participants demonstrated a moderate level of intention to practice disease prevention. Factors influenced the intention to practice disease prevention were female (β = .271), not alcohol consumption (β = .196), perceived benefits of disease prevention (β = .233), perceived barriers to disease prevention practices (β = -.133), not viewing pornography (β = .102) and grade point average (β = .108), which significantly predicted 29.2% of intentions to practice syphilis prevention. Therefore, public health professionals should promote practices to prevent syphilis by taking into account differences in factors such as gender, exposure to pornography, drinking alcohol. Additionally, knowledge should be given to prevent disease, increase awareness of the benefits of disease prevention, etc., in order to promote teenagers’ knowledge and have an appropriate attitude towards further prevention of syphilis infection.

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Hanklang S, SSareenan N, Marnpae A, Artnarong N, Sornprasit N, Khantikul P, Piraksa T. Factors influencing intention to practice for the prevention of Syphilis among junior high school students in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. JMPH4 [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 11 [cited 2024 Jul. 13];14(2):127-38. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JMPH4/article/view/266004
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