Keywords

Sex role, Youth -- Sexual behavior

Abstract

One hundred and thirteen subjects participated in a study designed to assess the influence of sex role and confidant utilization on adolescent sexual experience, particularly pregnancy. The subjects were from the community college population, with a mean age of 19 years. Subjects were administered a questionnaire to determine their level of sexual experience (i.e., virgin, sexually active and using contraceptives, sexually active and not using contraceptives, or pregnancy experienced), and to assess their tendency to confide in others about sex and birth control. Subjects were also asked to complete the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI), which determined their sex role identification (i.e., feminine, masculine, androgynous, or undifferentiated). The results suggested a positive relationship between the use of contraceptives and a greater tendency to confide. Subjects who had experienced a pregnancy also exhibited a high level of confiding, which was interpreted as a result of exposure to helping professionals. No significant results were obtained to confirm a relationships between sex role identification and adolescent pregnancy, although androgyny appeared to be positively associated with sexual activity and contraception.

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Graduation Date

1985

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Blau, Burton I.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Clinical Psychology

Format

PDF

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0016491

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