Date of Award

Spring 1982

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Community & Environmental Health


Community Health Professions

Committee Director

Gerald C. Hyner

Committee Member

Andrew Brown

Committee Member

Edison E. Newman

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C48 A53


This study attempted to investigate a sample of both parents' and college freshmens' attitudes toward sex education, and the content and timing of sex education in the Tidewater schools. Two Likert-type scales each containing ten statements were administered in order to survey attitudes. A statistically significant difference was found in scores on the attitude toward content and timing of sex education scale between parents and college freshmen. Parents demonstrated a more favorable attitude toward sex education as an integral component of the overall educational curriculum. The majority of parents indicated support for including important aspects such as reproduction and indicated that they may be introduced as early as age five.

The results were not statistically significant on attitudes toward sex education in the schools scale between parents and college freshmen. Both of these groups demonstrated high scores, indicating support of sex education in the Tidewater schools.


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