The Effect of Religious Beliefs and Perceived Responsibility in the Use of Emergency Contraception
This study explores participants’ attitudes toward emergency contraception (Plan B). I hypothesized that evangelical Christians would be more conservative than non-Christians and that personal responsibility for the pregnancy influences participants’ attitudes toward the use of Plan B regardless of their religious orientation. The survey instrument included Barna’s religious orientation scale, a series of scenarios in which personal responsibility for pregnancy ranges from low to high, and direct measures of attitudes towards abortion and Plan B. A convenience sample of 185 students was drawn from several universities. Data analysis is currently in progress and will be completed by April 10, 2007.