Through Federal Welfare Reform, Congress directed states to aggressively enforce statutory rape laws.
Family planning professionals deal with many adolescent clients, and their support for such enforcement or willingness to report is unclear.
The authors of this study examined current attitudes and practices of family planning program managers (FPPMs) about statutory rape law enforcement, including current reporting practices.
In 1997, all 77 local Kansas Title X FPPMs were surveyed.
Structured telephone interviews were conducted with 10 FPPMs to add detail to quantitative responses.
Sixty-eight FPPMs responded to the written survey (88%). Of these. 79% supported aggressive enforcement, and 43% though enforcement would reduce adolescent pregnancy rates.
With increased enforcement, 38% believed teenagers would be discouraged from seeking reproductive health care, compared to 41% who believed they would not.
Among key informants, all of whom were FPPMs, willingness to report cases was mixed, with those who would report wanting the flexibility to judge on a case-by-case basis.
For those not reporting cases, confidentiality concerns overrode beliefs in any positive outcome of enforcement.
Kansas Title X FPPMs strongly supported aggressive enforcement, but had mixed beliefs about negative consequences.
Among those interviewed, there were also mixed beliefs and practices about reporting. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Législation, Compte rendu, Pratique professionnelle, Attitude, Personnel sanitaire, Planning familial, Confidentialité, Viol, Evaluation, Adolescent, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Victimologie, Violence, Relation sexuelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Legislation, Report, Professional practice, Attitude, Health staff, Family planning, Confidentiality, Rape, Evaluation, Adolescent, Human, United States, North America, America, Victimology, Violence, Sexual intercourse
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0516479
Code Inist : 002B18F02. Création : 18/05/2000.