Del Siegle, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
Neag School of Education
2131 Hillside Road Unit 3007
Storrs, CT 06269-3007
Caile E. Spear, Ph.D., CHES
Boise State University
Department of Kinesiology
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
Spear, C. E., & Siegle, D. (2000, March). Factors associated with
teenage abstinence. Paper presented at the American Alliance for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference,
The purpose of the study was to
investigate which of 14 factors
were related to sexual abstinence
with students in grades 7 through
Grade 7: n = 33
Grade 8: n = 166
Grade 9: n = 77
Grade 10: n = 161
Grade 11: n = 101
Grade 12: n = 26
No grade level identified: n = 2
7 schools in Southwest Idaho
The number of students surveyed at each
school ranged from 25 to 183 with a mean
Age range of 11 to 19 years with
a mean age of 15
51% Female and 49% Male
Peer Self-Concept-- I have at least as many friends as
other people my age.
Home Self-Concept-- My parents are proud of the kind of
person I am.
School Self-Concept-- I am usually proud of my report
Knowledge– Fertilization of the egg usually occurs in the a)
vagina b) uterus c) fallopian tubes d) ovaries).
Age– 11 to 19 years-old
Gender– Male or Female
Sex Can Wait
75 ITEM SURVEY
Decision Making– When you have to make a decision, how often
do you think hard about the consequences of each possible
Intent to Remain Abstinent– What are the chances that you
will have sexual intercourse in the next year?
Parental Communication-- I feel comfortable talking to my
parents about sexual issues.
Religious Attendance-- How often do you attend religious
services, church, temple or synagogue?
Religious Self-Perception– How religious do you feel that you
Finish High School-- I plan to finish high school.
Plan to Attend College– I plan to attend college.