Date of Award

5-1-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Sarita Davis

Abstract

The United States has more than doubled the teenage pregnancy rate of any western industrialized country, with more than a million teenagers becoming pregnant each year. There is no adequate sex education targeting teenagers in public schools which, this researcher has found, leads to a high teenage pregnancy rate. In this study, 33 teenagers from ages 12 through 18 were asked their opinion on sex, teen pregnancy, and sex education. Literature on teen pregnancy and sex education was reviewed to investigate the research question and the subsequent methodology. The issue of sex education and some case studies were presented in the literature review. Data were collected using a mixed format measure. Descriptive data from this One-Shot survey method were used to present the results.

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