Racial and ethnic differences in young men's sex and contraceptive education.

TitleRacial and ethnic differences in young men's sex and contraceptive education.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFarkas AH, Vanderberg RH, Sucato GS, Miller E, Akers AY, Borrero S
JournalJ Adolesc Health
Date Published2015 Apr
KeywordsAdolescent, Continental Population Groups, Contraception, Cross-Sectional Studies, Ethnic Groups, Healthcare Disparities, Humans, Male, Sex Education, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States, Young Adult

PURPOSE: Racial/ethnic disparities exist in young men's contraceptive knowledge. This study examines whether the likelihood of receiving sexual health education varies by race/ethnicity.

METHODS: We examined racial/ethnic differences in sex and contraceptive education both in school and from parents with multivariable logistic regression models among 4,104 men aged 15-24 years using data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth.

RESULTS: Nearly all respondents (96.6%) reported formal sex education. Fewer reported formal birth control education (66.6%), parental sex discussions (66.8%), and parental discussions specifically about birth control (49.2%). In multivariable analysis, black men were less likely than white men to report receiving formal contraceptive education (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], .70; 95% CI, .51-.96). Both black and U.S.-born Hispanic men reported more parental sex discussions than white men (aOR, 1.44; 95% CI, 1.07-1.94, aOR, 1.47; 95% CI, 1.09-1.99, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS: Nearly all respondents reported having received formal sexual health education. Fewer reported receiving education about birth control either at school or at home. Black men were less likely to report receiving formal contraceptive education.

Alternate JournalJ Adolesc Health
PubMed ID25797633
PubMed Central IDPMC4371132
Grant ListR21 HD076327 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
UL1-TR-000005 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States