A Study of Public Opinion on Sex Education in Mississippi

Brandenburg, Karson (2015) A Study of Public Opinion on Sex Education in Mississippi. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Heather Ondercin from Political Science, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

In 2011, Mississippi, a state ranked fourth in the nation for high teen pregnancy rates, passed a law mandating sex education for all public school districts in the form of either the abstinence-only or the abstinence-plus method. This thesis describes the background of those two methods and how they are currently being implemented in Mississippi school districts. Additionally, it looks at how Mississippi parents and leaders feel about sex education in schools as a whole and then more specifically how they feel about the current options for sex education and the execution of sex education classes. This was done through interviews with parents, school nurses, and administrators. Additionally, a survey was conducted for Mississippi parents regarding their opinions on sex education and the things that influence those opinions, including religion. The results showed that Mississippians do not feel knowledgeable about the sex education methods available in the state. However, the majority of people that were interviewed, as well as the survey respondents, showed a general inclination to accepting a more comprehensive mode of sex education.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Brandenburg, Karson
Student's Degree Program(s): Journalism
Thesis Advisor: Heather Ondercin
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Karson Brandenburg
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 19:35
Last Modified: 06 May 2015 19:35
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/336

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