ERIC Number: ED472568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
With One Voice 2002: America's Adults and Teens Sound Off about Teen Pregnancy. An Annual National Survey.
National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
Two national surveys, one of youth ages 12 to 19 and the other of adults over age 19 years, examined attitudes toward teen pregnancy. Respondents express more cautious attitudes toward early and casual sex than is generally believed, and large majorities of both groups support a strong abstinence message for teens coupled with information about the benefits and limitations of contraception. Sexually experienced teens report wishing they had waited. Parents continue to underestimate their influence on teens. Morals, values, and religious beliefs are very influential. Many teens are not getting the message that teen pregnancy is problematic, and many still believe it will not happen to them. Many teens express ambivalence regarding their feelings about getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant. The majority of adults and teens wish that the entertainment media would more often present the consequences of sex, including teen pregnancy. Significant majorities of both groups believe that teen pregnancy prevention programs should teach youth to be married before having children. Nine out of ten teens say it would be much easier to delay sex if other teens spoke positively about not having sex. Half of the boys feel they often receive the message that sex and pregnancy are not a big deal. (Contains 23 charts). (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Attitude Measures, Contraception, Early Parenthood, National Surveys, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Pregnancy, Public Opinion, Sex Education, Sexual Abstinence, Sexuality
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, #200, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-478-8566; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.teenpregnancy.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
Note: For the 2001 survey, see ED 456 170.