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ERIC Number: ED437998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 153
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Sexual Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of an Ethnically Diverse Sample of Community College Students in Metropolitan New York.
DeMarzo, Jenine
This study investigated the association among select socio-cultural variables and sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors with a diverse population of metropolitan New York community college students. The Sexual Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior Test survey instrument was administered to 338 students between the ages of 17 and 26 in their health and physical education classes. Findings indicated significant differences in overall sexual knowledge between ethnic groups, with African-Americans and white students scoring higher than the other groups. U.S.-born students scored higher in overall sexual knowledge than foreign-born students. Differences were found across ethnic groups with respect to knowledge of HIV and contraception, attitudes towards pre-marital sex, and sources from which students obtained sexual knowledge. Significant gender differences in attitude towards pre-marital sex were found among white students only, with males holding more liberal attitudes than females. Level of maternal education was significantly related to attitudes toward pre-marital sex and the number of sexual partners in the past year. Results suggest that variables such as years in the country, level of maternal education, and level of acculturation may influence sexual knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. Sections include an introduction, literature review, methods and procedures, results, discussion, summary, and conclusions. Appendices contain a consent form and a copy of the survey instrument. (Contains 14 tables and more than 100 references.) (RDG)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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