By James Jaccard
The challenge of accidental pregnancies between teenagers is a significant one. hundreds of thousands of bucks were spent and 1000s of social technology investigations were carried out within the try and handle the matter. the current e-book stories the result of a federally funded learn venture on parent-teenager verbal exchange approximately premarital intercourse and contraception. either the function and power of folks in influencing the sexual habit in their youngsters has been wondered through many social scientists. The literature is characterised via experiences that have a tendency to watch little courting among measures of parent-teen verbal exchange and teenage sexual habit. lots of our colleagues informally convey the perspective that folks have little to do with the sexual habit in their teenagers and that makes an attempt to lessen unintentional pregnancies via parental involvement can be futile. certainly, after we first sought investment for the current examine, a number of reviewers have been skeptical for simply this cause. it truly is our trust that folks can play an enormous function in fighting unintentional pregnancies. In our opinion, previous examine has did not make very important conceptual differences which has led to an understatement of the capability software of parent-teen conversation. We think that the learn suggested this is in line with this opinion. we've got written the publication with pursuits. First, we needed to spot vital conceptual and methodological issues that destiny researchers can reflect on in exploring this crucial sector of inquiry. moment, we needed to improve a few of the utilized implications of those issues vis-a-vis our data.
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This part of the interview was designed to elicit the major themes that parents emphasized when talking with their teen to motivate him or her to avoid premarital sex. The question was open-ended and asked parents to list all of the arguments that they have used. 90 were obtained for all category codes. The codes are described in more detail in the Results section. Evaluation 0/ Arguments. Developed from a pretest of the above questionnaire, parents were asked to evaluate a series of arguments that they might use to discourage their teen from having sex.
Females in therecent. sample learned of menstruation and abortion sooner than males. Dickinson (1978) compared adolescent sex information sources for black and white, male and female high school students in 1964 (N=367) and 1974 (N=432). The major source of sex information for white males and black males and females was found to change significantly over time. White females appeared to remain about the same in their stated major source of sex information, with friends and mothers being listed most often.
For example. attitude ratings were sometimes obtained on a bipolar. 21 point scale with numbers ranging from -10 to +10. Underneath the numbers -9. -6. -3 were centered the labels extremely unfavorable. quite unfavorable. and slightly unfavorable. respectively. with corresponding labels underneath 3. 6. and 9 but phrased in terms of favorableness. • Cliff. 1959; Snyder & Osgood. 1969). so as to yield scales that approximate equal interval properties. The interviews were preceded by a practice session using scales representative of those used in the main interview session.