Hispanic and black American adolescents' beliefs relating to sexuality and contraception.

C. S. Scott, L. Shifman, L. Orr, R. G. Owen, N. Fawcett

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Popular beliefs and level of scientific knowledge regarding sexuality and contraception were elicited from black and Hispanic inner-city adolescents. Significant differences were found: Hispanic males were the most knowledgeable, Hispanic females the least, and black males and females were intermediate. A cultural basis for the dramatic difference between Hispanic male and female scores is suggested and the need to design culturally appropriate sexuality education classes is discussed. In addition, the data depicted two conflicting beliefs that were held simultaneously by many of the adolescents: Contraception is "good" because it prevents pregnancy, and it is "bad" because the various birth control methods carry serious health hazards for users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-688
Number of pages22
Issue number91
StatePublished - Sep 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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