ERIC Number: ED166567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-14
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Contraception on Adolescent Sexual Behavior.
Reichelt, Paul A.
Effective birth control is needed to combat adolescent pregnancy which is a major health and social problem, the adverse consequences of which have been well-documented along a variety of dimensions. A significant obstacle to the provision of birth control services to teenagers is the belief that such services will encourage adolescent coital activity. The validity of this belief was studied by a longitudinal study which assessed teenage sexual behavior prior to and one year after obtaining oral contraception. Almost all the young women were coitally experienced when they first came to the clinic for birth control. During the year the young women used oral contraception, they showed a very moderate increase in frequency of coitus which was not accompanied by an increase in their current number of sex partners. Given the opportunity to obtain prescription contraception, these adolescent women demonstrated good continuity of usage. These results, considered in conjunction with other research, support the conclusion that providing teenagers with effective birth control will not markedly increase their sexual activity. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Div. of Nursing.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (36th, Houston, Texas, October 1978)