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ERIC Number: ED450076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 24
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Sexual Knowledge of College Students in a Southern State: Related Factors and Impact of Previous Sex Education.
Synovitz, Linda; Hebert, Eddie; Kelley, R. Mark; Carlson, Gerald
This study surveyed college students in one southern state to determine their sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. A group of 915 students (602 female and 313 male) attending 4 state universities completed the Sexual Knowledge instrument during class. The instrument contained 27 sex knowledge items, 5 demographic questions, 3 items to ascertain where they received K-12 education, and 4 items to ascertain whether they had received sex education in school at any point. If they had received sex education in school, they rated the quality of their programs on 15 sexuality topics. Data analysis indicated that the students performed relatively poorly on the sexuality knowledge test, with a mean percentage score of only 55.39. Statistical differences on sexual knowledge were found on gender, race, age, year in college, and previous sex education. African-American students' scores were significantly lower than were White students' scores. Students rated the overall quality of their sex education as fair to good. The higher the students perceived their previous instruction in certain areas, the lower their knowledge scores. (Contains 27 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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