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Sex education and knowledge of pregnancy risk among U.S. teenage women.
Fam Plann Perspect. 1979 Nov-Dec; 11(6):355-7.FP

Abstract

Seven in 10 never-married U.S. women aged 15-19 have had a sex education course, almost all of them in school. Young black women are slightly more likely than whites to have had such a course. About half of all never-married teenagers have had courses which included some teaching about modern contraceptive methods; six in 10 have had some formal instruction about VD, and seven in 10 have had courses that included detailed instruction about the monthly menstrual cycle. Six in 10 of those who have had a course with information on the menstrual cycle claim to know the period of greatest pregnancy risk; but only one-third of those who have had such a course can in fact correctly identify the time when the risk of pregnancy is highest. Young white women are nearly two times more likely than blacks to identify the period of risk correctly. Knowledge of the period of risk is a particularly important issue in relation to teenage pregnancy, because many sexually active teenagers say that they do not use contraception because they believe they are protected from the risk of pregnancy by the time of month when they have intercourse. Among those who claim to know the period of greatest risk, a sex education course is the most common source of information for both blacks and whites, with home a distant second. Medical personnel and facilities convey information about pregnancy risk the most effectively, but they are the first source for only a tiny fraction of teenagers.(

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Authors+Show Affiliations

Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

401081

Citation

Zelnik, M. "Sex Education and Knowledge of Pregnancy Risk Among U.S. Teenage Women." Family Planning Perspectives, vol. 11, no. 6, 1979, pp. 355-7.
Zelnik M. Sex education and knowledge of pregnancy risk among U.S. teenage women. Fam Plann Perspect. 1979;11(6):355-7.
Zelnik, M. (1979). Sex education and knowledge of pregnancy risk among U.S. teenage women. Family Planning Perspectives, 11(6), 355-7.
Zelnik M. Sex Education and Knowledge of Pregnancy Risk Among U.S. Teenage Women. Fam Plann Perspect. 1979 Nov-Dec;11(6):355-7. PubMed PMID: 401081.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sex education and knowledge of pregnancy risk among U.S. teenage women. A1 - Zelnik,M, PY - 1979/11/1/pubmed PY - 1979/11/1/medline PY - 1979/11/1/entrez KW - Adolescent Pregnancy KW - Adolescents, Female KW - Adolescents--women KW - Age Factors KW - Americas KW - Cultural Background KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developed Countries KW - Education KW - Ethnic Groups KW - Fertile Period KW - Knowledge KW - Knowledge Sources KW - Menstrual Cycle KW - Menstruation KW - North America KW - Northern America KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Reproduction KW - Research Report KW - Sex Education KW - United States KW - Youth SP - 355 EP - 7 JF - Family planning perspectives JO - Fam Plann Perspect VL - 11 IS - 6 N2 - Seven in 10 never-married U.S. women aged 15-19 have had a sex education course, almost all of them in school. Young black women are slightly more likely than whites to have had such a course. About half of all never-married teenagers have had courses which included some teaching about modern contraceptive methods; six in 10 have had some formal instruction about VD, and seven in 10 have had courses that included detailed instruction about the monthly menstrual cycle. Six in 10 of those who have had a course with information on the menstrual cycle claim to know the period of greatest pregnancy risk; but only one-third of those who have had such a course can in fact correctly identify the time when the risk of pregnancy is highest. Young white women are nearly two times more likely than blacks to identify the period of risk correctly. Knowledge of the period of risk is a particularly important issue in relation to teenage pregnancy, because many sexually active teenagers say that they do not use contraception because they believe they are protected from the risk of pregnancy by the time of month when they have intercourse. Among those who claim to know the period of greatest risk, a sex education course is the most common source of information for both blacks and whites, with home a distant second. Medical personnel and facilities convey information about pregnancy risk the most effectively, but they are the first source for only a tiny fraction of teenagers.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) SN - 0014-7354 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/401081/Sex_education_and_knowledge_of_pregnancy_risk_among_U_S__teenage_women_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/5922 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -