ERIC Number: ED264215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-18
Gender Differences in Perception of Contraception Alternatives by Never-Married College Students.
McDermott, Robert J.; Gold, Robert S.
A study examined the perceptions of college students regarding 10 contraceptive methods, including the condom, douche, oral contraceptive, withdrawal, diaphragm, female sterilization, spermicidal foam, rhythm, male sterilization, and intrauterine device. A total of 285 females and 316 males responded to a questionnaire which had students rank each method in terms of positive and negative attributes. The form of contraception most acceptable to males and females was the oral contraceptive. The five choices most acceptable to males all required females to assume principal contraceptive responsibiliy. The second most acceptable method to females was male sterilization. Neither sex found condoms to be particularly acceptable. It is concluded that the semantic differential scaling method used for this survey may be useful for assessing contraceptive acceptibility in high fertility groups, for identifying misconceptions about various birth control methods, and for developing appropriate educational goals and objectives with respect to contraception. (Author/CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (100th, Atlanta, GA, April 17-21, 1985). Light print may affect legibility.