ERIC Number: EJ709589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Reference Count: 31
Adolescents' Preferences for Source of Sex Education
Somers, Cheryl L.; Surmann, Amy T.
Child Study Journal, v34 n1 p47 Mar 2004
The primary purposes of this study were to examine what adolescents' identify as their preferred sources of sexual education (e.g., peers, family, school, media, professionals, etc.) about various topics, and whether patterns varied for each gender, race, grade, and economic group. Participants were 672 adolescents of both genders, three race/ethnicities, and varied economics and geography. Overall, parents were clearly the preferred source of sex education by this diverse sample of adolescents. Next preferred were school and peers. Media, siblings, and self were not generally endorsed as preferred sources of sex education. Slight variations by demographic groups were observed. Implications for parental education about and comfort in discussing important issues are discussed. The implications of misinformation from such sources as media and peers are also discussed.
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Adolescents, Gender Differences, Student Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Educational Methods, Sex Education, Parents as Teachers, Comprehensive School Health Education
State University of NY College at Buffalo, Applied Science and Education, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222. Web site: http://www.stepfam.org/index.htm.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States