DETERMINATION OF THOUGHTS OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TOWARDS SPERM BANKS IN TURKEY
Aim: The purpose of the study is to determine thoughts of university students towards illegal sperm banks in Turkey.
Material and Method: The population of this descriptive study consists of students who have stayed in Erzurum Higher Education Credit and Hostels Institution in the fall semester of 2012-2013 academic year. Method of simple random sampling was used to determine the sample group of study. The sample group of the study consisted of 499 students. The questionnaire form prepared by the researchers involved 24 questions. Percentage distribution, mean, and chisquare test were used to assess the data.
Results: When participants were asked which methods are referred if they experience infertility problem in the future, 62.5% of them marked in-vitro fertilisation and constituted the most crowded group (n=312), and 1.8% (n=9) marked the option of sperm bank. 79% of participants stated that the sperm bank should not be legal in Turkey; 76.2% stated that the sperm bank is not appropriate in ethical terms; 77.8% indicated that the sperm bank is not appropriate in religious aspect. 12.1% of men, who participated in the study, stated that they considered selling their sperm as a source of income.
Conclusion: Considering the socio-cultural uncertainties about the matter and lack of confidence in people due to its illegality, it can be foreseeable that social values related to the sperm bank would change in the near future.Key words: Ethics, Nursing, Sperm bank
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