ERIC Number: ED230495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Telephone Survey of Community Attitudes Toward Sex Education.
Young, Michael; Seidensticker, Mary
A study (telephone survey), assessing community support for school family life education programs, had two purposes: (1) to determine acceptability of school sex education programs to residents of northwest Arkansas; and (2) to identify factors related to an individual's acceptance or nonacceptance of such programs. Telephone interviews with 119 participants consisted of a maximum of 16 questions that gathered information concerning general background, educational attainment, religious involvement, experiences in discussing sex with one's own children, and views concerning sex education programs. Two major results indicated that: (1) The majority of people were in favor of public school programs of sex education (74.6 percent); and (2) A majority indicated that parents should be responsible for the sex education of their children (94.1 percent). The study identified age, educational background, talking about contraceptives, religious affiliation, and frequency of church attendance as significant correlates of attitudes toward sex education. These findings generally agreed with those of two of three major studies dealing with the topic. Several tables and references are included. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Minneapolis, MN, April 1983).