The effect of sex education on social responsibility and locus of control

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Sandra T. Houston (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rebecca M. Smith

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine differences in social responsibility, locus of control, and knowledge in sexuality for early adolescents after participation in a short sex education unit. Social Responsibility, operationalized as prescriptive judgment statements representative of Stages 2, 3, and 4 of Kohlberg's moral reasoning stage theory, was measured by a scale developed for the study. The abbreviated Nowicki-Strickland Scale was used to measure Locus of Control, and Knowledge in Sexuality was measured by a short multiple-choice/true-false test. A Solomon four-group design was used in the study and participants consisted of 150 seventh and 138 eighth grade public school students. The sex education curriculum was developed and presented by public health educators to boys and girls randomly assigned to treatment groups in four 50-minute sessions.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Sex instruction for teenagers
Teenagers $x Attitudes
Teenagers $x Social conditions

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