ERIC Number: ED211915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Sexual Knowledge to Sexual Behavior among University Students.
Pollack, Robert H.; Brown, Idalyn S.
Current data on the widespread nature of sexual activity among unmarried teenagers and young adults and the rise in unplanned pregnancy among these groups offer evidence of a lack of knowledge about reproduction and contraception. Male (N=75) and female (N=78) university students participated in a study of the effects of authoritarianism, self-esteem, and need for social approval on the relationship between sexual knowledge and behavior. Participants completed measures of self-esteem, authoritarianism, sexual behavior, sexual knowledge, social desirability, personal information, and fertility regulation. For males, the data showed a significant positive correlation between knowledge and sexual behavior, and between authoritarianism and self-esteem; significant negative relationships occurred between knowledge and authoritarianism, and between behavior and authoritarianism. For females, a positive relationship was found between knowledge and behavior. The only other significant relationship for females occurred between self-esteem and social desirability. The findings suggest a need for further research in the area of contraception behaviors. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (52nd, New York, NY, April 22-25, 1981).