GUZZO STUDY FINDS ADULT CONTRACEPTIVE USE LINKED TO TEEN KNOWLEDGE
One of the most effective solutions for preventing unintended pregnancies in adults could very well be better sex education for teens, suggests a study by a Bowling Green State University associate professor of sociology.
The study by Dr. Karen Guzzo of the BGSU Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) and Dr. Sarah Hayford of The Ohio State University indicates that attitudes and knowledge about contraception and reproduction that are learned as a teen have long-term implications for adult contraceptive behavior. The study, funded as part of a Eunice Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development grant, is the first to establish “a long-term linkage between adolescent reproductive knowledge and attitude and adult contraceptive behavior.
The study appears in the January 2018 issue of Maternal and Child Health Journal.
According to Guzzo, “These findings support comprehensive sex education during adolescence and ongoing efforts in adulthood as a mechanism to improve contraceptive use, potentially reducing high levels of unintended childbearing in the U.S.
Unintended pregnancies are generally due to ineffective and inconsistent contraceptive use. Their research shows that adults’ poor contraceptive use is linked to limited knowledge about reproduction and unfavorable attitudes about contraception among teens, she said.