ERIC Number: ED103790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Parent-Adolescent Relations, Adolescent Coital Status and Contraceptive Usage.
Hobbs, Daniel F., Jr.; Townsend, Linda P. B.
Adolescent coital activity and the attendant risk of pregnancy is a problem with far-reaching implications. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of family variables on adolescent sexual behavior and contraceptive practices. More specifically, the research question was: Could a set of parent-adolescent interpersonal variables be identified which would differentiate sexually active user (AU), sexually active non-users (ANU), and sexually non-active non-users (NANU) of contraception? Subjects were 45 females from a clinic setting--family planning and prenatal clinics--and 40 from a non-clinic setting. An attempt was made to obtain both black and white Ss from several social class levels, and data was collected from a questionnaire sent out to subjects. It was noteworthy that six of the eight scales which met the statistical criterion dealt with father-daughter relations while only two dealt with mother-daughter relations. It seems likely that type of paternal discipline, and father-daughter communication and joint activity may be key variables to understanding and predicting adolescent females' coital and contraceptive behavior. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Family Relations (St. Louis, Missouri, October 23-26, 1974); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document