ERIC Number: ED359438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-18
A Survey of Fifth Grade Pupils: Selected Variables of Self-Worth, Sexuality and Sources of Information.
This study examined selected characteristics and behaviors among fifth grade pupils who ranged in age from 11 to 12 years. The sample (N=975) constituted the entire fifth grade population of a moderate-sized city 45 miles from Atlanta, Georgia. The sample consisted of 160 black students and 815 white students, with 511 boys and 464 girls. A 12-item self-report questionnaire was completed by the students. The results revealed that black students more than whites (24% versus 12%) and boys more than girls (23% versus 3%) reported being sexually active. The group as a whole demonstrated a remarkable degree of knowledge about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, with 95% of all groups reporting some knowledge about this subject. The findings suggest that the best starting point for sex education is among 10- to 13-year-olds. Both white (71%) and black (68%) students reported that their parents or some other adult in their home had already discussed sexuality with them. They also reported that their parents assisted them in understanding issues that are important to them and that they were more likely to seek information of an important nature from their parents than from the school counselor or their teacher. Implications drawn from this finding strongly suggest the need for parent education on essential topics to enable parents to respond with accurate information to the complex issues of their children. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Clearwater, FL, February 18, 1993).