Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Opinions concerning Sexual Abstinence from the Perspective of Middle School Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Opinions concerning Sexual Abstinence from the Perspective of Middle School Students

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Pamela Hoalt and Kenneth Hoalt, Malone College

In the past few years, there has been an increased focus on programs that encourage abstinence until marriage. With this focus in mind, a research study was designed to describe the attitudes middle school children have toward sexual abstinence following an abstinence presentation. R.S.V.P. (Responsible Sexual Values Program) is an abstinence education program funded by a grant from a state Department of Health through the division of School and Adolescent Health Services of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Areas explored included: (a) the ability to say "no" to peer pressure; (b) the opinions of friends; (c) perception of sexual activity and sexually transmitted diseases; (d) the ability to control sexual feelings; (e) sex before and outside of marriage; (f) avoidance of pregnancy; (g) intent to practice abstinence; and (h) beliefs and decision-making regarding abstinence. Students were also asked if they were currently practicing abstinence and for how long. Participants included sixth--eighth grade st udents attending nine middle schools located in the same mid-western, rural county with ages ranging from 11-14 years. The average age of the respondents was 13 years, with a standard deviation of .86. Boys represented approximately 51.5% of the population and girls 48% with .5% not responding. The majority of the students were white (92. …

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