ERIC Number: ED196509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Sexual Behaviors and Attitudes of Community College Students.
Hartnett, Barbara M.; Zettle, Thomas E.
For seven consecutive semesters, questionnaires were administered to the students enrolled in Illinois Central College's human sexuality course to determine their sexual experience, practices, and orientation. The surveys also sought to assess the students' attitudes toward homosexuality, pornography, masturbation, extramarital relations, abortion, premarital sex, birth control, and the importance of sexual compatibility in marriage. The study's findings, which were based on the responses of the 205 course enrollees, were admittedly not generalizable to the total student population. The study revealed that: (1) about 5% of the males and females felt sexual attraction to persons of the same sex; (2) 75% of the males and 84% of the females had engaged in oral sex; (3) 42% of the married men and 32% of the married women had had extramarital relations; (4) 20% more females than males used a method of birth control; (5) oral contraceptives were the most popular form of birth control; and (6) 27% of the females had been pregnant while unmarried and 30% of the males had partners who had been pregnant while unmarried. The survey also revealed that men were more conservative than women with regard to homosexuality, the effects of pornography, masturbation, and abortion, while women were more conservative about the availability of pornography and extramarital relations. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Central Coll. East Peoria.