ERIC Number: EJ1028245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Back to Basics: How Young Mothers Learn about Sex and Sexuality
Dudley, James; Crowder, Amanda; Montgomery, Tchernavia R.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v14 n3 p272-285 2014
Adolescent pregnancy continues to be a major concern for policy-makers, programme developers, helping professionals and society generally in the USA, especially in light of the US federal government's legislative emphasis on abstinence-only sex education until recently. Studies have found that abstinence-only programmes do not succeed in preventing young people from becoming sexually active or pregnant; most young people have sexual intercourse in their teenage years long before they even contemplate marriage. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how 32 teenage mothers learned about sex and their related views about pregnancy and birth control. Findings indicate that they have often received little accurate information about sex from their parents and schools. Findings also reveal their widely varying views about birth control and pregnancy. Overall, the findings support the need for comprehensive sexuality education that addresses the topics covered in this study in an age-appropriate manner. The findings also suggest ways that helping professionals in other settings besides schools can help young people address these issues.
Descriptors: Sexuality, Mothers, Adolescents, Adolescent Attitudes, Pregnancy, Information Sources, Schools, Peer Groups, Qualitative Research, Familiarity, Knowledge Level, Semi Structured Interviews, Participant Characteristics, Parents, Social Experience, Mass Media, Sex Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina