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Knowledge of contraception and sexual matters over the last 14 years. An investigation among 9th grade pupils in the municipality of Viborg



Knowledge of contraception and sexual matters over the last 14 years. An investigation among 9th grade pupils in the municipality of Viborg



Ugeskrift for Laeger 164(24): 3203-3206



The aim of the investigation was to illustrate changes in the knowledge of ninth grade pupils about sexual matters over the last fourteen years. Ninth grade pupils in schools in the municipality of Viborg answered a questionnaire about these subjects. Identical questionnaires were given to the same age group in 1986 and 1993. The pupils had less knowledge of contraception than earlier. The other questions about sexuality were answered as well as or better than previously. In 1986 and 1993, boys had less knowledge than girls, but this difference was now equalised. We found no connection between knowledge and age at first coitus or sexual habits, and no connection between knowledge and the sources from which the pupils gained their information. School was, as earlier, the most important source of information, but friends came a close second. Books, mother, and doctor or health visitor were often mentioned as important sources of sexual knowledge. As earlier, the pupils were not satisfied with the sex education and as earlier, they wanted more lessons and external teachers. A good knowledge of sexual matters does not mean better sexual habits. School is the most important source of knowledge and is even more important, because the young also educate friends, who are another main source of information. According to the pupils, sex education should be improved.

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