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Early Sexual Experiences: How Voluntary? How Violent?

Edward Laumann, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, shares findings from the 1994 National Health and Social Life Survey, which suggest that having a violent or coercive first sexual experience is not as rare an occurrence as had been previously believed. Seminar participants — experts on sexuality and sexual…

The Growth of Managed Care: Are Women Getting What They Need?

How the Changing Health Care Marketplace Affects Coverage and Access to Reproductive HealthA fact sheet, Q&A and resource list prepared for a media briefing held in New York on March 27, 1996. The purpose of the briefing was to respond to questions about how reproductive health services are currently delivered…

National Survey on Public Perceptions about Contraception

A national random-sample telephone survey conducted between January 19-21, 1996 on Americans perceptions of the risks and benefits associated with oral contraceptives, or The Pill. The survey finds that many American men and women have at least some concerns about the safety of oral contraceptives. These findings were presented at…

Was It Rape?

Neil Gilbert, Professor of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, and Bernice Sandler, Senior Scholar in Residence, National Association for Women in Education, offer differing opinions as to the true extent of the problem of sexual assault in the United States. Gilbert charges that an overly broad definition of…

The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility:  The International Experience – Report

The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility:The International ExperienceExecutive SummaryThe Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned the Advocates for Youth Media Project to carry out a study titled The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility: The International Experience. The study examines the outcomes of programs using…

National Survey Of Obstetricians/Gynecologists On Contraception And Unplanned Pregnancy: Attitudes And Practices With Regard To Abortion

National Survey Of Obstetricians/Gynecologists On Contraception And Unplanned Pregnancy: Attitudes And Practices With Regard To AbortionThe survey findings show only one third of obstetricians/gynecologists practicing today perform abortions. Younger doctors, doctors in multi-specialty group practices, and doctors practicing in the South and Midwest are among those least likely to perform…

The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility: The International Experience

An examination of how other countries have used the popular media to promote social responsibility, particularly in the area of sexual and reproductive behavior. In addition to providing an overview about the evolution of “entertainment-education,” the report provides case studies of initiatives world-wide ranging from Mexican “telenovelas” to an Indian…

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…