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Female undergraduate attitude toward distribution of the birth control pill on the campus.

Authors
  • Koenig, F
  • Falkenstein, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of youth and adolescence
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1972
Volume
1
Issue
2
Pages
197–201
Identifiers
PMID: 12256329
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

150 randomly selected female undergraduates participated in a survey on their attitudes toward distribution of contraceptive pills by the University Health Center. The students were interviewed on their general background, their opinion on the contraceptive distribution, and their reasons for their opinion. 72% of the students surveyed approved of the contraceptive distribution, 62% for reasons of individual freedom and 21% specifically to prevent pregnancy. 47% of those who disagreed with the distribution did so for health reasons, and 38% thought it would promote promiscuity. The students were also administered the Nettler Alienation Scale, and those scoring high on that scale were also more likely to approve of the distribution. Catholics and freshmen were less likely to approve. It is concluded that the college community values are a strong determiner of the attitudes towards birth control, since upperclassmen and more alienated students showed the highest acceptance.

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