Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type





Knowledge is the source of understanding and rationalization. Examining the factors that effect reproductive knowledge is important in identifying areas within society that need to change. If individuals are not learning useful sexual knowledge, then it is the responsibility of the institutions within society to educate society. Sexual behaviors have added to many social problems including: welfare, unplanned pregnancies, abortions, STDs, sexual crimes, health care costs, lacking education, growing poor communities, and many more. A randomly selected population at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania was surveyed to see how much reproductive knowledge they have obtained throughout their lives. Understanding the amount of knowledge and the preconceived notions about sexuality will be evaluated through a comparison of current trends in sexual knowledge in three national surveys and the results of the Messiah College survey.