Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Public Health

Document Type



According to the 2013 Census, 76.2 million US women of childbearing age (15 to 50). About half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended. Although there is an overwhelming need for contraceptives, not everyone has access. This study seeks to gain information on the motivation behind women’s contraceptive choices in Warren and Allen County, KY. A questionnaire was created and distributed to patients in the clinic waiting rooms of Barren River District Health Department and Allen County Health Department, and additional surveys were sent to Western Kentucky University students enrolled in a Women’s Health course through an online Qualtrics program. Findings revealed significant relationships between age and access to information (p = 0.004), permanent method use and age (p = 0.035), and current method and total annual income (p = 0.008). These findings as well as other findings regarding contraceptive barriers and their impacts will be presented and discussed.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Darlene Shearer


Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Women's Health