Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)





First Advisor

Jennifer Dyer-Seymour


The use of comprehensive sexual education in public schools is widely debated among people in academia, parents, and sexual health educators. For those in minority or low-income groups, the access to contraceptives can be limited. Also, it seems that some individuals that are presenting sexual education curriculum are not fully equipped with the answers to students’ sexual health concerns. This empirical study aims to find out if a student’s knowledge of sexual education determines their awareness of access to birth control. Based on past research, one can hypothesize that a student's knowledge of sexual education can predict their awareness of access to contraceptives. This study used a regression analysis to find out whether or not knowledge predicted awareness. There is a major limitation in this study, which would be the emergence of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. This disease resulted in the researcher not being able to analyze all of the data. The data that was analyzed suggests that knowledge of sexual education does not predict awareness of access to birth control. Future studies should collect and analyze data on the type of sexual education a student received and the individual that presented them with sexual education. These factors may resolve the limitations.