Youth Attitudes toward Contraception

Research suggests that having a positive attitude toward contraception is associated with increased likelihood of condom use (Brückner et al., 2004). Data on youth attitudes are typically obtained from self-report questionnaires, which may be administered at regular intervals (quarterly, for example).

At the individual level, performance may be monitored by comparing pretest scores with follow-up scores to determine whether responses on this indicator are moving in the desired direction. At the program level, performance may be monitored by comparing the percent of participants with positive attitudes toward contraception at program intake with percents obtained on the same indicator at later intervals. Change over time for the current cohort may also be compared with that of previous cohorts, to further gauge levels of program effectiveness.

If attitudes do not appear to be improving at the individual or aggregate level, program managers may want to assess problems related to program design, implementation, and quality.

By ChildTrends



Source Cited

Brückner, H., Martin, A. and Bearman, P.S. (2004). Ambivalence and Pregnancy: Adolescents’ Attitudes, Contraceptive Use and Pregnancy. Perspectives on Sexual Reproductive Health, 36(6):248-57