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Kaiser Family Foundation Survey on Teens and Sex: What They Say Teens Today Need to Know, And Who They Listen To

Final Topline: Teenager Interview

June 24, 1996

Conducted for The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
by Princeton Survey Research Associates

Number of Interviews: 1,510 teenagers age 12-18 Margin of Error: plus or minus 3 percentage points Dates of Interviewing: March 28 – May 5, 1996

Introduction:

Hello, my name is __________ and I’m calling for Princeton Survey Research, in Princeton, New Jersey. We’re taking a confidential national opinion survey about some important health issues. First, in order to be sure we are representing the opinions of people in different kinds of households . . .

A. I’d like to know if there are any teenagers now living in your household, that would include anyone as young as age twelve up to, and including, age eighteen?

B. How many teenagers from age 12 up to age 18 live in your household?

C. Is (this teenager/the (Rotate: oldest/youngest) of these teenagers) a boy or a girl?

D. How old is (he/she)?

E. Are there any teenagers up to age 18 who usually live here but who are now away at college?

F. Does the teenager who’s away at college live in a dormitory, his or her own apartment, or somewhere else? (If more than one teen away ask about oldest)

G. Is this teenager a boy or a girl?

H. How old is (he/she)?

I. If only a teen in household or only teen away at college: Are you (his/her) (mother/father)?

If both a teen in the household and a teen away at college ask: Are you the (mother/father) of the (Age) year old (boy/girl)?

J. I’d like to speak with one of the parents of the (Age) year old (boy/girl) (who is living at school), whichever parent is available for a short interview now. (If child lives with a guardian instead of a parent, interview a guardian)

Teenagers’ Interview:

(If teenager did not answer screening questions): Hello, my name is_________ and I’m calling for Princeton Survey Research in Princeton, New Jersey. We interviewed your (mother/father/guardian) and (she/he) said it was okay if we interviewed you, too. We are talking to teenagers about some health issues.

(If teen is away at college in a dormitory and a parent interview completed: When we spoke to your (mother/father/guardian) earlier, (she/he) said we could call you at this number.)

This is a completely confidential interview. No one who knows you, including your parents, will ever be told how you answered these questions.

1. Which of the following subjects, if any, have you ever discussed with either of your parents? (First/Next), how about (Insert item) — have you discussed this, or not?

Yes No DK/Ref.
a. Alcohol 78 22 * Boys 75 25 0 Girls 81 19 0 Has Had Sex 82 18 * Not Yet Had Sex 76 24 0
b. Dating 78 22 * Boys 71 30 0 Girls 85 15 * Has Had Sex 81 19 * Not Yet Had Sex 76 24 *
c. Drugs 77 23 * Boys 76 24 * Girls 78 22 * Has Had Sex 81 19 * Not Yet Had Sex 74 25 *
d. Sex 74 26 * Boys 70 31 0 Girls 79 21 * Has Had Sex 77 23 * Not Yet Had Sex 73 27 *
e. AIDS 69 31 0 Boys 68 32 0 Girls 71 29 0 Has Had Sex 71 29 0 Not Yet Had Sex 68 32 0
f. Other sexually transmitted diseases 55 45 * Boys 52 48 * Girls 59 41 * Has Had Sex 61 40 0 Not Yet Had Sex 52 48 *
g. Birth control 46 54 * Boys 38 61 * Girls 54 46 * Has Had Sex 62 38 0 Not Yet Had Sex 39 60 *
An asterisk indicates a value of less than 1%.

For the rest of this interview, I’m going to be asking questions about sex and pregnancy, topics some people have trouble talking about. So, if I ask a question you don’t want to answer, just tell me. If I ask about something you don’t know, that’s okay too, just tell me you don’t know.

2. Teenagers get information about pregnancy and birth control from many different sources. For each of the following, please tell me if you have learned a lot, some, only a little, or nothing at all about pregnancy and birth control from this source. (First/How about), how much have you learned from (Insert item)?

A lot Some Only
a little Nothing
at all Doesn’t apply DK/Ref.
a. Teachers, school nurses or classes at school 40 29 20 11 0 * Boys 41 27 20 13 0 0 Girls 40 31 19 10 0 * Has Had Sex 36 28 25 12 0 0 Not Yet Had Sex 42 30 18 11 0 *
b. Your parents 36 36 23 5 0 * Boys 31 37 26 6 0 1 Girls 41 35 20 4 0 * Has Had Sex 41 29 25 5 0 0 Not Yet Had Sex 34 39 23 5 0 1
c. Other friends 27 33 22 18 * * Boys 24 29 25 22 * * Girls 29 38 19 14 * 0 Has Had Sex 40 34 15 11 * 0 Not Yet Had Sex 21 34 25 21 * *
d. Television shows or movies 23 31 32 14 0 * Boys 22 31 33 14 0 0 Girls 23 31 32 15 0 * Has Had Sex 28 29 30 13 0 0 Not Yet Had Sex 20 32 34 14 0 *
e. Books or pamphlets 16 27 34 22 1 * Boys 11 24 38 28 * * Girls 22 31 31 17 * * Has Had Sex 21 28 29 20 1 * Not Yet Had Sex 14 27 37 23 * *
f. (Boy/girl)friends 13 17 19 50 1 * Boys 17 19 20 44 1 * Girls 9 15 19 55 2 0 Has Had Sex 31 27 18 24 * 0 Not Yet Had Sex 5 13 20 61 2 0
g. Your brothers, sisters or cousins 12 19 21 46 2 0 Boys 12 17 23 47 1 0 Girls 13 20 20 45 2 0 Has Had Sex 20 19 19 40 2 0 Not Yet Had Sex 10 19 22 48 2 0
h. Magazines 12 27 32 29 * * Boys 5 19 36 39 * 0 Girls 19 36 28 17 * * Has Had Sex 12 29 33 26 * 0 Not Yet Had Sex 12 27 32 30 * *
i. A family planning clinic like Planned Parenthood 9 9 11 70 * 1 Boys 5 9 12 72 1 1 Girls 13 9 10 67 * 1 Has Had Sex 17 11 11 60 * * Not Yet Had Sex 6 8 11 74 1 1
j. A doctor or nurse at a doctor’s office or hospital 9 15 21 55 * * Boys 7 13 20 60 * 0 Girls 12 17 21 50 * * Has Had Sex 15 15 20 50 * 0 Not Yet Had Sex 7 14 21 58 * *

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