ERIC Number: ED184027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Reaching Teenagers with Sex Information.
The problem of teenage pregnancy can be viewed as endemic, a part of American culture not easy to change. Although the number of girls under 15 who are becoming pregnant is not very large (13,000 in 1978), the cost of pregnancy to the girls themselves, their families, and society is very great. Results of data analyses from action research, Planned Parenthood and Health Department records and literature reviews indicate that: (1) illegitimate birth rates are unrelated to seasonal variation; (2) the major source of sexual information is from peer group members; and (3) there is widespread misinformation about the "safe time," and about availability of contraceptive materials. Intervention projects to deal with adolescent pregnancy can be conducted in school settings, the community, the church, and parent teacher association groups. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Boston, MA, August 14-18, 1979). Best copy available.