Age, Sex and Religious Beliefs Impact the Attitude towards Cord Blood Banking (pp. 33-41)
Authors: Inger Birgitta Sundell and Teddi J. Setzer
Abstract: In this study, a self-administered questionnaire was used to assess opinions about stem cell research and cord blood banking. Three attitudes were examined: willingness to accept cord blood banking, willingness to accept embryonic stem cell research, and religious belief system. A total of 90 Wayne State University students enrolled in the study in response to an invitation posted on a web page for the university. Sex distribution among study participants was 79 females and eight males; three declined to state their sex.
Support for cord blood banking was high (>70%) among students. Students over the age of 25 years of age were more (85 %) positive than students 18 to 24 years old (57 %). They prefered a public cord blood bank over a private cord blood bank. Atheist/agnostic or spiritual/not religious students (>90 %), Catholic students (78 %) and Christian students (58 %) support cord blood banking. Age, sex and religion seems influence the studentís attitude towards stem cell research and cord blood banking.