EKU Faculty and Staff Scholarship
 

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Abstract

Despite Kentucky having almost twice the national birth rate with 50 births per 1,000 female population ages 15-19 (County Health Rankings, 2015), the implementation of comprehensive sexual education in Kentucky public schools remains a controversial topic. This study examined parental attitudes regarding comprehensive sex education curriculum in a rural Kentucky middle school. A survey was distributed to a convenience sample population of parents (N=100) whose children were enrolled in a rural Appalachian middle school in grades 6th thru 8th. Data were analyzed using Chi square and multi-variate techniques. Of the 63 participants, 58.7% believed that sex education should begin in middle school. Of the 73% (n=46) of respondents who believed abstinence-plus should be taught, 58.7% (n=27) were between the ages of 26 and 35, and 28.3% (n=13) were between the ages of 36 and 45. Differences in attitudes towards sex education was strongly influenced by both age and education level.

Journal Title

KAHPERD Journal

Journal Volume

54

Article Starting Page

32

Article Ending Page

43