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Liz Bulman Psych 241 Sex Ed Researchers compiled and distributed an attitude survey concerning people’s beliefs and opinions regarding sex education in schools. . The survey was handed out to a diverse group of participants in order to determine whether or not there were any general agreements about sex education that exist across various demographics (gender, race, age, religiosity, socioeconomic status). A diverse population also helped researchers to narrow down specific attitudes held by certain religious and political groups. Researchers hoped to support findings from a 2004 Kennedy School of Government, et al. survey about sex education in America. Introduction: The NPR/Kaiser/Kennedy School survey results were based on information collected in two nationwide telephone surveys. One of the surveys contacted the general public while the other specifically targeted school principals. The first survey had 1759 respondents. One thousand and one of these respondents were parents. The second survey included 303 principals from public middle and high schools nationwide. In this survey, most parents, (93%) agree that sex education should be taught in schools. Not everyone interviewed agreed on the best method of instruction. Abstinence-plus education seemed to be the most preferred method (46%). Only 15% of the participants felt that abstinence only education should be the only method taught in schools, but in instances where
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abstinence-only sex education was indicated as the preferred method of instruction, it was preferred in middle schools more often than in high schools. Responses varied with regards to what should be included in the curriculum. About 82% felt that homosexuality should be discussed, a majority also felt that providing information about obtaining and using prophylactics would not encourage teens to engage in intercourse. Most felt that this would encourage the practice of safe sex and that teens ultimately need to make their own decisions so sex education should provide information and guidance. The opinions of conservative and evangelical participants tended to differ from more liberal participants. Conservatives and evangelicals, 64%, were more likely to agree with the statement that ““When it comes to sex, teenagers need to have limits set; they must be told what is acceptable and what is not.” This population was also much more likely to
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BulmanFinalSexEd - Liz Bulman Psych 241 Sex Ed Researchers...

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