ERIC Number: ED296264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
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An Analysis of the Relation between Self-Perception and General Reproductive Knowledge in an Adolescent Population.
Brown, Nancy Lynn
There have been assumptions in the literature that sexuality education programs can increase adolescents' knowledge, help them clarify values, and improve decision making and communication skills; and that these changes, in turn, can reduce irresponsible sexual activity, unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, some sexual dysfunctions, and can improve interpersonal relationships and self-perception. This study examined the relation between a comprehensive sexuality health education course and the self-perception of adolescents. Subjects were high school students who took either the self-esteem portion of a health class during the first 9 weeks of the first semester (N=104), students who took the reproductive knowledge portion of the class first (N=92), and a control group who took the health class second semester (N=86). Subjects completed the Self-Perception Profile for Adolescents and a teacher-made test of general reproductive knowledge as pretests, posttest, and delayed posttests. The results showed that students' level of reproductive knowledge was increased by taking the health class, but that students retained only 50% of that knowledge 9 weeks after taking the class. Analysis of the Self-Perception Profile posttest scores revealed no significant differences between groups. Changes in self-perception among students taking the self-esteem portion of the class were statistically insignificant. The survey instrument is appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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