Sex role, Youth -- Sexual behavior
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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Blau, Burton I.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Coronado, Sabrina F., "Sex Roles, Confidants, and Adolescent Sexual Experience" (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4747.