Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Hattie Mitchell, Assistant Professor


The overall objective of this study is to present the factors that influence the Black female adolescent's utilization of birth control methods. To attain this objective, the following factors were addressed by this researcher: (a) peer influence, (b) knowledge of reproduction, birth control, and sexuality, (c) family relationships and characteristics, (d) sex education programs, and (e) relationships with partners. A descriptive research design was used in this study. A self-administered questionnaire that was developed by the researcher was given to Black female adolescents at the Westlake Medical Group Clinic and at Holmes Hall Dormitory at Clark Atlanta University. A population of 40 teenagers ranging in age from 16 to 19 was obtained from these facilities. The Westlake Medical Group provides various medical services, including prenatal, postpartum, family planning and regular gynecological services. Holmes Hall is the freshman dormitory for Clark Atlanta University and houses primarily freshmen and sophomore students.

The results of the data indicate that peer influence, level of knowledge, family characteristics, sex education programs, and relationships with partners all influence adolescents' decision-making process concerning the use or nonuse of birth control.

The study attempted to provide a clear understanding of adolescent contraceptive utilization and sexuality.

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