The contraceptive knowledge, attitudes and practice of unmarried adolescents

John K. Collins1, Lesley Robinson

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    The premarital contraceptive knowledge, attitudes and practice of 288 males and females between 14 and 25 years were investigated. The results revealed a substantial incidence of unprotected coitus among adolescents. Females were found to possess more adequate knowledge, to hold more favourable attitudes and to report greater contraceptive efficiency and use than males. Similar trends were found for older adolescents. Discussion of contraception with one's partner was associated with greater efficiency and use while greater educational attainments were associated with increased knowledge and favourability toward contraceptive practices. The less sexually experienced adolescents were inclined to be non-users of contraception as were those who disapproved of premarital intercourse. Other than the finding that adolescents who had never attended church used contraception at an earlier age, religiosity was not associated with either knowledge of, efficiency of, or favourability towards contraceptive use.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)132-152
    Number of pages21
    JournalAustralian Journal of Sex, Marriage and Family
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1986


    • Adolescents
    • Contraception
    • Premarital sexual intercourse


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