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Are Schools “Just Saying No?” Is Abstinence-Only the Trend in Sex Education? And, Who Influences Policy?

Are Schools “Just Saying No?” Is Abstinence-Only the Trend in Sex Education? And, Who Influences Policy?Is abstinence-only sex education sweeping the nation? Recent federal legislation provides states with a financial incentive to promote abstinence-unless-married messages. The Republican Presidential frontrunner is now calling for more funding for abstinence-only programs. How is…

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — February 2012

In the midst of continuing debate on the future of the Medicare program, the February Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll finds most Americans and most seniors favor the status quo, though arguments about the program’s solvency have the potential to sway opinion toward new proposals. The survey also gauges public…

National Survey Results on Public Knowledge/Opinions and OB/GYN Practice/Attitudes on Emergency Contraceptives

(“Morning-After Pills”)Findings reveal that most American women with the potential of experiencing an unplanned pregnancy are uninformed or misinformed about the “morning-after” pill, an emergency contraceptive option currently available in the United States that can prevent a potential pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. A separate survey finds…

Health News Index – March/April 2002

The March/April edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health Health News Index includes questions about major health stories covered in the news, including the recent coverage of mammogram efficacy, the Institute of Medicine report on racial disparities in the health care system, and prescription drug discount cards.…

National Survey of Women about their Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding their Reproductive Health – Report

Survey of Women About Their Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Their Reproductive HealthGlamour/Kaiser Family Foundation/Princeton Survey Research AssociatesQuestionnaire and ToplinesJanuary 1997Number of Interviews: 1,001 Women age 18-44 Margin of Error: Plus or minus 4 percentage points Interviewing Dates: July 10 – 28, 1996 Introduction:Hello, my name is _______ calling for…

Talking about STDs with Health Professionals: Women’s Experiences – Report

Talking About STDs with Health Professionals Women's Experiences More than 12 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) other than HIV/AIDS, including three million among teenagers alone, occur every year. At current rates, at least one person in four will contract an STD at some point in his or…

Sex Education in America:  A View from Inside the Nation’s Classrooms

A series of new national surveys of students and their parents (1501 pairs), teachers (1001), and principals (313) from the Kaiser Family Foundation on Sex Education in America, was released on Tuesday, September, 26th, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Challenging the convention that Americans are reluctant to…

Condom Ads on TV: Unwrapping the Controversy

Ever seen a condom advertised on TV? Up until a few years ago, the answer was almost always “no.” But condoms and other topics once considered “taboo” are beginning to make an appearance on the small screen. A number of leading broadcast networks, as well as cable channels have in…