Thursday, January 18, 2018  
Guzzo study links adult contraceptive use to teen knowledge | Foust lead author of video production textbook
Karen Guzzo

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.


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James Foust
When the Bowling Green State University School of Media and Communication moved into the Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center in 2016, it aligned perfectly with Dr. James Foust’s work to update a textbook about video production.

Foust, a professor and department chair of journalism and public relations, is lead author with Edward J. Fink and Lynne Gross of the 12th edition of “Video Production Disciplines and Techniques.” Fink is a professor of cinema and television arts and interim dean of the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, and Gross has taught television production at numerous U.S. colleges and internationally. This edition is published for the first time by Routledge, a global publisher of academic books, journals and online reference.

The book introduces readers to the operations underlying video production and the “continuing move to digital,” Foust said. For the first time since the book was published in 1978, all references to analog video have been removed. He has been involved with the book since its eighth edition.


Kristin Vessey, 78, died Jan. 11 in Bowling Green. She conducted research and taught in the Department of Biological Sciences from 1972-98, then transferred to the Center for Environmental Programs, where she taught until her retirement in 2006.