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Education Reporter
NUMBER 173 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JUNE 2000

Teen Activities and Attitudes Study
(Excerpts from the 22-page, five-part questionnaire by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)
NOTE: This questionnaire is proposed by Mathematica for use in evaluating the abstinence-until-marriage education programs students will be studying. Many abstinence education leaders oppose this questionnaire as inappropriate for evaluating abstinence education.

Section 2: Some Things You Might Think or Do 
2.13 The next questions ask about romantic relationships. If you had an ideal romantic relationship, which of the following would you do or want to happen, in the next year? 
Mark (x) one answer for each: I Would Want This to Happen, I Would Not Want this to Happen, Don't Know 
l. We would talk about contraception or sexually transmitted diseases.
n. We would touch each other under our clothing or with no clothes on.
o. We would have sex.
p. My partner or I would get pregnant.

Many of the following questions use the terms "sexual intercourse" or "having sex." By this we mean vaginal intercourse, not oral or anal sex. Sometimes it is also called "going all the way," or "doing it." Remember, all your answers will be kept private and will not be shared with anyone. 
2.14 Imagine you were going out with someone you really liked and this person wanted to have sex with you. If you did not want to have sex, could you do each of the following? 
Mark (x) one answer for each: Yes, Maybe, No
a. Stick with your decision not to have sexual intercourse.
c. Avoid getting into a situation that might lead to sexual intercourse (like going to a bedroom, drinking, doing drugs).
d. Say "NO" to having sexual intercourse, and explain your reasons.
e. Stop seeing your friend if he or she kept pushing you to have sexual intercourse. 
2.17 During this past year, have you ever talked with one or both of your parents about any of these things: 
Mark (x) one answer for each: Yes, No
d. How you get or how to avoid getting sexually transmitted diseases
f. Ways to prevent pregnancy
g. Contraceptives, such as the birth control pill, condoms, and Depo-Provera

Section 3: Health Classes And Sex Education 
3.6 Do you think people can control their sexual feelings? No, Yes, Don't know 
3.9 Which of the following can you get from having sexual intercourse? 
Mark (x) one answer for each: Can get, Can't get, Not sure
a. AIDS or HIV
b. Diabetes
c. Gonorrhea or Clap or Drip
d. Genital herpes or herpes or herpes simplex virus
e. Multiple Sclerosis
f. Syphilis
g. Chlamydia
h. Crabs
i. Tuberculosis
j. Genital warts
k. Hepatitis B
l. Jaundice
m. Human papilloma virus (HPV) 
3.10 Here are some statements about various methods of contraception. Please tell us if you think each of the following statements is true or false. 
Mark (x) one answer for each: True, False, Don't know
a. A female who forgets to take her birth control pill for several days in a row and then has sex can become pregnant.
c. Birth control pills can help prevent AIDS.
d. Condoms or rubbers should be used with foam or jelly.
f. It is OK to use a condom more than once.
g. Using a condom prevents girls from getting pregnant.
h. Using a condom prevents HIV/AIDS.
j. A male should put on a condom just before he ejaculates (comes).
l. A male who uses a condom should be careful how he pulls out.
m. A male cannot make a female pregnant the first few times he has sex. 
3.11 How effective are each of the following methods for preventing pregnancy?  
Mark (x) one answer for each: Very effective, Somewhat effective, Not at all effective 
a. Diaphragm
b. Condom
c. Depo-Provera
d. Rhythm
e. Foam
f. Pill
g. Withdrawal
h. Abstinence/not having sex

Section 5: Sexual Activity 
This section is marked "omitted for youth under 12." 
5.2 How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time? 
5.3 Think about the first time you had sexual intercourse. Which of the following three statements comes closest to describing how much you wanted that first intercourse to happen? 
Mark (x) one answer: I really didn't want it to happen at the time. I had mixed feelings - part of me wanted it to happen at the time and part of me didn't. I really wanted it to happen at the time. 
5.4 How old was the youngest person you have had sex with? 
5.5 How old was the oldest person you have had sex with? 
5.8 Since the beginning of the school year, with how many people have you had sex? 
5.9 Have you ever used a condom or another form of birth control? 
5.10 The first time you ever used a birth control method, did you and your partner use any of the following? 
Mark (x) one answer for each: Yes, No 
a. Birth control pills
b. Diaphragm
c. Foam
d. Jelly or cream
e. TodayTM Sponge
f. IUD
g. NorplantTM
h. Depo-Provera, injectables
i. "Morning After" pills
j. Safe period by temperature or cervical mucus test, natural family planning
k. Withdrawal (pulling out) 
5.11 Thinking again of the first time you ever used a method of birth control, was it:  
Mark (x) one answer: The first time you had intercourse? Not the first time, but less than a month after the first time you had intercourse? One to three months after the first time you had intercourse? Four to 12 months after the first time you had intercourse? More than 12 months after the first time you had intercourse? 
5.14 Since the beginning of the school year, how often did you and your partner(s) use condoms when having sexual intercourse? 
Mark (x) one answer: Always. Sometimes. Hardly ever. Never. I have not had sexual intercourse since the beginning of the school year. 
5.16 The last time you had sexual intercourse, did you or your sexual partner use a condom? 
5.17 Which of the following methods of birth control did you or your sexual partner use the last time you had sexual intercourse? 
Mark (x) one answer for each:  
a. Withdrawal
b. Rhythm (safe time)
c. Birth control pills
d. Depo-Provera
e. Norplant 
5.18 Did you drink alcohol or use drugs before you had sexual intercourse the last time? 
5.20 Have you ever been tested for a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

Section 6: Pregnancy And Parenthood 
This section is marked "omitted for youth under 12." 
6.5 When you got pregnant for the first time, were you or your partner using any kind of birth control methods? Yes, No, Don't know 
6.11 When you got someone pregnant for the first time, were you or she using any kind of birth control methods? Yes, No, Don't know 
6.12 The first time you got someone pregnant, what method(s) of birth control were you or your partner using? 
Mark (x) all that apply:  
1. Condoms (rubbers)
2. Withdrawal
3. Rhythm (safe time)
4. Birth control pills
5. Depo-Provera
6. Norplant 

(All emphasis in original.)

 
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