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National Survey Results on Public Knowledge/Opinions and OB/GYN Practice/Attitudes on Emergency Contraceptives (“Morning-After Pills”) – Policy Brief

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION: The Answer to America’s Unplanned Pregnancy Problem? March, 1995 OVERVIEW For approximately 20 years, emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs), high-dose oral contraceptivesalso referred to as “morning-after pills,” have been known to prevent pregnancy after unprotectedsex and available in the United States. Findings from a new Kaiser Family Foundation/LouisHarris and…

National Survey on Public Knowledge and Attitudes on Contraception and Unplanned Pregnancy 1995

Nationwide surveys have explored public opinion on these issues, but few surveys have measured the public’s knowledge of unplanned pregnancy, abortion, contraceptive methods and other related topics. The Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned a survey of Americans to identify where the gaps and misperceptions exist in the public’s knowledge of reproductive…

Soap Operas and Sexual Activity

A study tracking and analyzing how sexual activity and messages related to contraception, unplanned pregnancy, and HIV prevention are communicated in several of the top-rated daytime soap operas.Report:

The Pill: From Prescription to Over the Counter

A summary of the research and opinions of leading reproductive health experts on the pros and cons of making oral contraceptives available “over the counter” without a doctor’s prescription. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser Forums program, an ongoing series of issue-specific briefings at which policy makers,…

Sex Education in the Schools

Douglas Kirby, Ph.D., Director of Research, ETR Associates examines the effectiveness of sex education programs in American junior and senior high schools. Educators, health experts and others debate on the focus of the curriculum and consider the role families and the government play in designing these courses. This publication was…

The Demography of Sexual Behavior

Tom W. Smith, Ph.D., National Opinion Research, University of Chicago, gives an overview of sexual behavior in the United States, including premarital and adolescent sexuality and the impact of AIDS. Seminar participants attempt to make social sense of the research, placing an emphasis on the public health consequences and societal…

Sexuality, Poverty and the Inner City

Elijah Anderson, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, and Patricia Lynn Stern, both of the University of Pennsylvania, explore teen sexuality from the perspectives of youth in two very different Philadelphia communities: an inner-city black neighborhood and a predominantly white working class one. Seminar participants consider how issues such as race, religion,…

Condoms in the Schools

Researchers, educators, lawyers, and public opinion experts address the health and value issues involved in the debate over whether condoms should be available in U.S. schools today. Individual papers discuss existing programs and research, funding and policy options, and legal considerations. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser…