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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2017, 5(3), 63-69
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-5-3-3
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Study of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Plastic Surgery among Females Students at Faculty of Education, Taif University, Saudi Arabia

Haneen Assad Hammadi1 and Etemad AA El-Shereef2, 3,

1MBBS, Collage of medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

2Collage of medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

3Collage of Medicine, Assiut University, Assuit, Egypt

Pub. Date: July 06, 2017

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Haneen Assad Hammadi and Etemad AA El-Shereef. Study of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Plastic Surgery among Females Students at Faculty of Education, Taif University, Saudi Arabia. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2017; 5(3):63-69. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-5-3-3

Abstract

Background: This study investigates the knowledge, attitudes and practices of cosmetic surgery among faculty of education female students at Taif University (KSA). Methods: An observational cross-sectional study design was used to carry out the study at College of Education, Taif University. A self-administered questionnaire was first developed to collect the data necessary to fulfill the objectives of the research. The population under study included a random sample in which the questionnaire was distributed to female educational students at Taif University. The sample size was estimated by using a single proportion formula with an acceptable margin of error at 5%. The sample size obtained was 234. Those who completed the questionnaires were 220 students. Results: The mean age of the participants was 19.919±0.834. Out of 234 Taif female educational students in our study, the majority of participants (220, 94.0%) have heard about cosmetic surgery and completed the questionnaire. Mass Media was the source of knowledge for (79.1%) of participants who had already heard about cosmetic surgery. Only one-fourth of students (25.0%) of surveyed female educational students recognized the best definition of plastic surgery as a "surgery to restore function or normal appearance and (51.8%) recognized the best definition of cosmetic surgery as “a surgery that modifies or improves the appearance of a physical feature electively”. Abdomioplasty and rhinoplasy were the most common mentioned types of cosmetic surgery they remembered. (40.0%) of students whose mothers employed accept doing cosmetic surgery and only (11.8%) of non-employed mothers accept doing surgery. This difference was statistically significant (p=0.000). Mean age of students who accept doing cosmetic surge yeas higher than those do not accept but difference in mean age was statistically insignificant (p= 0.063). About two-thirds of participants (66.4%) agreed that “women perform more cosmetic surgery than men”. No one of participants reported undergoing cosmetic surgery. Conclusion and recommendations: The students did not know the exact meaning of cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery. Mass media play an important role as a source of information. we recommend further studies to find out other personal factors affecting attitude towards plastic surgeries and to study other population beyond educational institutions.

Keywords:
plastic surgery knowledge attitude and practice Al Taif university

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