Age at First Contraceptive Information and Risk Taking Among College Women

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Objective: To explore corollaries of age at first contraceptive information and sexual behavior among college women. Methods: Anonymous questionnaire administered to 774 never-married women at a Midwestern university. Results: No significant differences found in risk-related sexual behaviors between those who received first contraceptive information at age 13 or before and those who received information age 14 or after; however, significant family background variables emerged. Contraceptive information at earlier ages correlated with feelings toward mothers related to attachment, more positive relationships, less strict discipline, and open communication. Conclusion: Timing of first contraceptive information did not influence risk-related sexual behaviors.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI. 2: Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Publication date: July 1, 1999

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