ERIC Number: ED308584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Teens' Survey of Stores in the District of Columbia on Accessibility of Family Planning Methods.
Center for Population Options, Washington, DC.
Access to and availability of contraceptive methods in stores play an important role in the prevention of AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Although teens are generally knowledgable about birth control, many encounter barriers when attempting to obtain contraceptive. Forty-five drug stores and 15 convenience stores were surveyed in the Washington, D.C., area for family planning method physical location, ease of locating (signs or labeling), pricing, and clerks' attitudes regarding teen purchase of contraceptives. Results showed that condoms were either difficult to locate, separate from other forms of birth control, or behind counters; prices of condoms varied greatly--from $1.42 to $2.99 per three pack; female teens encountered negative reactions when buying contraceptives 40 percent of the time, while male teens reported mostly positive experiences; and male store employees were the most likely to react negatively to teen contraception inquiries. The need for sexually active teens to obtain family planning must be recognized by society and must be addressed. Store policies should reflect this heightened awareness; teens must be allowed to purchase contraceptives conveniently and anonomously. (KM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Contraception, Early Parenthood, High Schools, Pregnancy, Prevention, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Publications, Center for Population Options, 1012 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 ($.25 prepaid; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Population Options, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia