How Do Teenagers Answer Questions About Contraceptive Use? Differences Between Young Women’s and Young Men’s Answers

22 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2018

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George R. G. Clarke

Texas A&M International University - A.R. Sanchez Jr., School of Business

Date Written: September 7, 2018

Abstract

High school aged women say they use different methods to prevent pregnancy than do high school aged men. Young men are more likely to say the couple used a condom and young women are more likely to say they used birth control pills. The differences remain large and statistically significant after controlling for age and ethnicity. There are several ways to explain this. The differences might partly reflect differences in actual use or differences in the partners’ knowledge about the methods they use. But young men and women also appear to over-report methods that highlight their personal responsibility, possibly even when they did not use those methods.

Keywords: Birth Control, Surveys, Sensitive Questions

JEL Classification: J13, J16

Suggested Citation

Clarke, George, How Do Teenagers Answer Questions About Contraceptive Use? Differences Between Young Women’s and Young Men’s Answers (September 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3245658 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3245658

George Clarke (Contact Author)

Texas A&M International University - A.R. Sanchez Jr., School of Business ( email )

5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041-1900
United States

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