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ERIC Number: EJ1026800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Abstinence-Related Word Associations and Definitions of Abstinence and Virginity among Missouri High School Freshmen
Wilson, Kelly L.; Smith, Matthew Lee; Menn, Mindy
Journal of School Health, v83 n11 p787-794 Nov 2013
Background: The ways in which adolescents define and view sex, abstinence, and virginity impact the efforts of sexuality educators and sexual health professionals. This study examined terminology used by nonsexually active high school students to define abstinence and virginity and identified words students associate with these terms. Purposes included (1) describing words/phrases associated with abstinence; (2) describing phrases for "being abstinent until marriage" and "being a virgin;" (3) assessing concordance between word dyads associated with abstinence; and (4) assessing concordance between phrases defining "abstinent until marriage" and "a virgin." Methods: In this study, 216 freshmen provided information about beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions. Pearson chi-square tests and Wilcoxon sign-rank tests assessed sex-based differences, definitions, and levels of concordance were conducted. Results: Girls' friends took an abstinence pledge (p?=?0.004) and their parents (p?=?0.025) and best friends (p < 0.001) think they should abstain. Male counterparts reported being dissatisfied with current sex status (p?=?0.002) and high acceptance of sex before marriage (p?=?0.011). Boys were more likely to endorse "negative" words than girls. Conclusions: Professionals need to use relevant materials incorporating terminology that resonates with adolescents and programs that engage coherent participant discussions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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