ERIC Number: ED213493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Parental Opposition to Sex Education and a Proposed Legislative Solution: Rural Illinois.
Ruffini, Richard J.
The primary purpose of this pilot study was to determine the probable effect newly proposed state-level sex education legislation would have on parental opposition to sex education programs in the public schools of Illinois. In Illinois, legislation would allow parents (or guardians) to inspect sex education curriculum materials and withhold the attendance of their child at sex education programs. Parents of public elementary grade school children residing in a rural, predominantly white community of 10,000, which had no formal sex education programming in its public elementary grade school system, were surveyed by telephone. Five survey questions were utilized for the study and hypotheses were formulated for two of the questions. It was hypothesized that (1) the majority of parents would respond negatively to the provision of sex education prior to the junior high level, and (2) the majority of parents indicating opposition to sex education in the elementary grades would no longer oppose such a program after being informed of the provisions of the new Illinois sex education legislation. Although the first hypothesis was denied, the second hypothesis was affirmed. Results are discussed and conclusions, implications and recommendations for further study are offered. Related materials, including the texts of proposed sex education legislation, are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1981. Appendix has been filmed from best available copy.