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ERIC Number: ED223543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of School Officials toward Sex Education Programs: A Discriminant Analysis.
Young, Michael; Roth, Rod
A survey questionnaire sent to 371 public school superintendents in Arkansas sought to identify schools offering a program of family life/sex education. An attempt was also made to determine if schools which offered such programs could be distinguished from those that did not, based on responses of school officials to a set of attitudinal statements. The questionnaire achieved a 37 percent response rate (137 usable responses), and there was some doubt about the identity of the respondents (not necessarily superintendents). A map presents a profile of Arkansas, identifying school districts with schools reporting no program in sex education, those reporting at least some type of program, and counties with no schools reporting any type of sex education program. Numbers on the map indicate counties reporting the highest rate of teenage pregnancy. Some correlation was noted between lowered incidence of teenage pregnancy in some counties recently implementing sex education programs. Previous studies on the subject have indicated that one of the major barriers to initiation of family life/sex education programs is the presumed lack of public support. Findings have revealed, however, that a majority of parents and the general public do support such programs. It was noted in this study that, though Arkansas has an extremely high rate of adolescent pregnancy, less than one-third of the respondents indicated that any type of sex education was offered in their school system. Most of the respondents indicated personal support for sex education programs, with perceived lack of community support a major barrier to implementing them. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arkansas