Adolescent contraceptive use: Comparisons of male and female attitudes and information

E. W. Freeman, K. Rickels, G. R. Huggins, E. H. Mudd, C. R. Garcia, H. O. Dickens

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Information and attitudes about contraception and pregnancy were assessed with a self-administered questionnaire in a sample of urban Black teenagers. Data were obtained for 607 male and female students in high school health classes and a demographically similar group of 123 never-pregnant teenage women in a family planning clinic who had not attended these classes. Males were less likely to recognize the risk of pregnancy, had less information about contraceptives, and fewer attitudes that supported contraceptive use than females who participated in the same school health classes. More males than females indicated that school classes had been the main source of contraceptive information. Teenage women in the family planning clinic did not differ from the high school females in attitudes about contraceptives, but the school group had somewhat more contraceptive information. The female school group was more likely to have discussed contraception with parents, obtained more contraception information from their mothers, and discussed contraception more with male friends than the teenagers who requested contraceptives at the family planning clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790-797
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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