Little has been done to investigate the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of university students regarding unintended pregnancy likely because their middle-class status precludes their being considered a “deprived population.” Female students in tertiary institutions of higher learning are at an age and in a social context that makes them extremely susceptible to unintended pregnancy and the consequences of unsafe abortions. It is necessary to take steps to reduce the incidence of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions among this group of “high risk” women. This study sought to investigate the extent of knowledge that female students at the University of Ghana, Legon, have about preventing unwanted pregnancy and abortion. It also sought to understand the factors that influence female students’ decisions to access and utilize existing reproductive health services, including family planning, abortion, and post-abortion services, as well as their attitudes toward these services. Data for this study are from a cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of 480 female students of childbearing age living at the University of Ghana. Focus group discussions were also held with 25 students to evoke relevant supplementary information.
El-Adas, Angela. 2007. "The resolution of unintended pregnancy among female students at the University of Ghana, Legon." Accra: Population Council.