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ERIC Number: ED138850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-4
Reference Count: 0
Psychosexual Background of Female Adolescents Seeking Contraceptive Assistance.
Reichelt, Paul A.
In order to better meet the needs of female adolescents coming to a Planned Parenthood League Teen Center for prescription contraceptives, a study was undertaken to understand their psychosexual history. The study focused on the past and present sexual and contraceptive behavior of 532 new clients under the age of 18. The data were collected through the use of a short, structured, interview schedule. Although 85% of the teens had utilized some birth control at some time, they had used primarily the less effective nonprescription methods, and only a third of the sample always used birth control. Primary reasons for non-use were not wanting to use contraception (such as being afraid that it would lessen the pleasure of intercourse), lack of availability of contraception, and lack of knowledge. These results indicate that a combination of sensitively designed sex education (which both provides factual information and explores the psychosocial aspects of sexuality) plus the ready availability of effective contraception can help alleviate the adverse effects of unintended pregnancy currently resulting from teenage sexual activity. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Div. of Research Grants.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Div. of Nursing.
Authoring Institution: Planned Parenthood League, Inc., Detroit, MI.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)