ERIC Number: ED082639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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Freshman Sexual Attitudes and Behavior.
Nutt, Roberta L.; Sedlacek, William E.
At the University of Maryland, 758 randomly selected incoming freshman students were administered an anonymous poll regarding their sexual attitudes and behavior. Results showed that the Maryland freshman generally resembled other U.S. college students in their sexual experience. Approximately half (52% of males, 46% of females) reported that they had had intercourse. Most students believed in sexual intercourse before marriage (77% of males and 69% of females) but most (44%) felt it appropriate only with someone with whom they were deeply involved emotionally. Students who had had intercourse tended to be older, more likely to know someone who had had an abortion, more likely to know homosexuals and less likely to feel that homesexuals need psychological or medical help than are sexually inexperienced students. Results of the factor analysis showed that sexual attitudes and behavior appear to be relatively independent dimensions that should be studied and discussed separately. Overall this study shows less of a gap between attitudes and behavior than in past studies. This is an important point for those working with students since many student programs on many topics tended to be "remedial" in nature. That is, they attempt to bring perceptions and reality in line. If there is not a disparity, the roles of student personnel workers must change. Suggested roles are discussed. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.