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Spring 2017


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.

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