ERIC Number: ED198454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Towards a Theory of Psychosocial Development and Fertility Control.
It is popularly held that the low rate of birth control use among sexually-active American teenagers is primarily due to their immaturity. Many teenagers are commencing their sexual careers prior to acquisition of the social and cognitive abilities demanded by responsible contraceptive use. A general decision-making framework can be used to create a systematic developmental theory of fertility control. Recent evidence concerning the importance of three psychosocial developments to effective contraceptive use has concentrated on: (1) the acceptance of one's sexuality and fecundity; (2) the acquisition of interactional communication skills; and (3) the development of logical and "dialectic" cognitive abilities which permit the individual to systematically anticipate behavioral consequences and to apply a balance of logic and emotion to personal situations. Delineating the effects of situational characteristics, such as emotional commitment to partner, revealed a relationship between psychosocial development and contraceptive use as well as differences in the use patterns of male- versus female-dependent methods. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).