University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service faculty member Nichola Driver’s research article with S. Alexandra Marshall and M. Kathryn Allison from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences titled, “Attitudes towards contraception: focus groups with Arkansas teenagers and parents,” has been published online before print in the peer-reviewed journal Sex Education.
“The article discusses Arkansas teen pregnancy and Arkansas teens' and parents' attitudes towards contraception,” Driver said. “The findings are interesting, in that although parents preferred abstinence for their teenagers, they preferred contraception use to teenage pregnancy.”
The study provides insight into the current knowledge and attitudes towards contraception among teenagers and parents in Arkansas, as well as recommendations for designing educational campaigns centered around awareness, empowerment, and inclusion.
Sex Education is a leading international journal publishing papers on all aspects of sex and relationships education. Contributions from all academic disciplines, including education, cultural and media studies, sociology, psychology, history, and public health are published in the journal.
Driver, who earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Texas and master’s degree in sociology from UA Little Rock, teaches Field Research Methods and Program Evaluation at the Clinton School. She is the Faculty Director for the Office of Community Engagement. Her research areas include reproductive health disparities, health policy, and program evaluation and methods.
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