ERIC Number: ED092291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-16
Reference Count: N/A
Premarital Sex and Family Planning Attitudes: A Report of a Pilot Study in a Rural Georgia County.
Johnson, Clara L.
Adolescent pregnancy, especially among low income non-white groups, is becoming a matter of increasing concern. Data indicated that pregnancy in the adolescent, especially under age 16, is associated with high incidences of toxemia, anemia, contracted pelvis, prolonged labor, and a high maternal death rate. It is also the largest single reason why female students drop out of secondary schools. Considering the relationship between teenage pregnancy and poverty, the paper focused on adult female attitudes toward sexual and contracepting behavior for single, never pregnant, teenage girls. A questionnaire was administered by public health nurses to 50 black Aid for Dependent Children (AFDC) clients in rural Georgia. The study population, which was socioeconomically homogeneous, included 15 respondents who were 19 years of age; 19 who were between 20 and 29; 13 between 30 and 39; and 3 above 40. Eighteen were single; 16 were married; 16 were separated (2 widows were included). Vincent's hypothesis of normative contradiction held for single and separated respondents in their permissive attitudes toward premarital sex and negative attitudes toward illegitimacy. The results seemed to suggest that premarital sex attitudes were more related to the respondent's sexual behavior than to age or role position. It was also noted that the results of this study cannot be taken as representative of low income blacks. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia