ERIC Number: ED221822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Unplanned Pregnancy: A Dilemma for College Students.
Kaufman, Susan P.
One of the major decisions college men and women face involves sexual behavior. A large proportion of students often choose to engage in premarital sexual activity and although birth control is usually available, unplanned pregnancy is still a threat. Couples (N=295) participated in a study to examine decision-making by unmarried undergraduate couples as they resolved the simulated dilemma of an unplanned pregnancy. The similarity among choices for pregnancy resolution and ratings of considerations were the most striking finding. Among both male and female students, abortion was most commonly selected, followed by marriage, single parenthood, and adoption. Students viewed their interpersonal relationship as having the strongest impact on decision making. Among couples who initially disagreed, discussion with the partner seemed helpful in facilitating agreement. The findings suggest that simulated decision making may be a useful counseling technique. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Premarital Sex
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (53rd, Baltimore, MD, April 15-18, 1982).