ERIC Number: ED456170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
With One Voice: America's Adults and Teens Sound Off about Teen Pregnancy. A National Survey.
National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
These charts describe adults' and adolescents' views on teen sex and pregnancy. Data come from national surveys of adults and adolescents that examined attitudes toward teen sex and pregnancy, factors influencing teens' sexual decisions, parents' roles, and adults' and teens' advice for policymakers. There is near unanimous agreement among both groups that teen pregnancy is a serious problem. Over three quarters of adults and half of teens believe that teens should not be sexually active, but that those who are should have access to contraception. About three-quarters of adults and teens believe that advocating abstinence as the first and best option while also providing information about and access to contraception sends a clear, specific message. Over half of the teens overestimate the percentage of high school students who have had sex. Adults also overestimate this percentage, and they underestimate the percentage of teens who get pregnant. Adults cite friends as the main influence on teens' sexual decision making, while teens believe that parents have the most influence. Most adults and teens consider it important for teens to receive a strong message from society that they should abstain from sex until they are at least out of high school. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Contraception, Early Parenthood, National Surveys, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Pregnancy, Public Policy, Sexuality
National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, #200, Washington, DC 20036 ($5). Tel: 202-478-8500; Fax: 202-478-8588; E-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.teenpregnancy.org).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.; Target Stores/Dayton Hudson Corp.
Authoring Institution: National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
Note: Also supported by the Summit and Turner Foundations.