Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Human Development and Family Studies

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Randall M. Jones


Randall M. Jones


Richard Krannich


D. Kim Openshaw


A countywide survey in Uinta County, Wyoming, was conducted from December 1992 through March 1993. A stratified random sampling method was used in which 647 surveys were distributed with an overall response rate of 59.5%. This study employed analysis of variance (ANOVA) to address four research questions contending that the independent variables o f education, socioeconomic status, employment, and family stat us would differentially account for variation in the dependent variables, which were responses to survey items indicating the "appropriate age" to teach children about human reproduction, consequences of sexual activity, birth control methods, HIV/AIDS prevention, and sexually transmitted diseases.

The data revealed small, but statistically significant relationships. A positive association existed between higher educational attainment and indication of older appropriate ages to teach children about the consequences of sexual activity and sexually transmitted diseases at school. Respondents with higher incomes specified younger ages to teach children about human reproduction at home than did respondents with medium incomes, and respondents with medium incomes indicated younger ages to teach about human reproduction at home than did lower income respondents. Two-parent families chose to teach their children about human reproduction at younger ages at school than did single-parent families. Single-parent families chose to teach about birth control methods at home at younger ages than did respondents from two-parent families. Limitations of the study and recommendations for future research were discussed.