Discussion about Family Planning

INSTRUCTIONS: Each student is expected to review the discussion board regularly. Every student must first develop an intellectual opinion about the subject answering the questions provided and then provide a thought-provoking overall response to his/her group peers’ opinions.

The Initial Post (“Opinion Post”): Students will post their thoughts on the topic based on other published, peer-reviewed articles or readings. To receive credit for initial postings, each student will cite at least one reference from a peer reviewed journal source and post an opinion of at least 250 words (maximum 350 words). A maximum of 18 points are available for the initial post.
**NOTE: This is an important learning activity. Students should review and be familiar with the grading rubricView in a new window.


There are several questions you need to answer for this discussion about online resources for women and families. Be sure to answer all of the questions.

Many women and their families are now turning to websites and online resources for information and support for family planning (e.g.,http://www.plannedparenthood.org (Links to an external site.); http://latinainstitute.org (Links to an external site.)). Such websites can provide a wide array of information on birth control, emergency contraception, abortion, and pregnancy – including information on health, safety, and social support – through blogs, online chat sessions and other postings.

Using specific professional (and personal if applicable) examples to support your responses, please answer the following questions:

What is your opinion about women and their families using online sources for information and support for family planning?
Discuss at least one benefit and one drawback of seeking information online for family planning.
How can online sources be useful for ONE of the following groups: single women, fathers, married couples, family members, low-income women, teens who are pregnant, same-sex couples, health providers or clinics?
How can online sources not be useful for the population group you selected for question #3?
Does the current public health, health communications, or medical literature support or refute your opinion? (Choose at least 1 scholarly article* to use as a reference in your response. Make a scientific argument do not just state your opinion).
*Tip: When you search scholarly journal databases (such as PubMed), try using search word combinations such as: family planning AND websites; family planning AND health; family planning AND health communication; family planning AND online health; family planning AND online resources.

NOTE: Make sure you justify your answer. Explain your answers thoroughly. Follow all guidelines on the grading rubricView in a new window! Be sure to consult your rubric (found under the Discussion Board tab) for this assignment and adhere to all of the guidelines for maximum points!

IMPORTANT: To participate in each of these discussions, DO NOT create a new forum! Instead click on the title of this forum and respond to the current thread.

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