Author(s): Zeynep TÜRKO?LU MUTLU, Ebru TOSUN SÜMER, Adnan KAN
The aim of this study is to develop a measurement tool that can determine the attitudes of adolescents (grade 7,8,9,10) to sex instruction. For this purpose, a systematic process was applied by the researchers. The participants of the study are consisted of middle and high school students in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades in the 2018-2019 academic year. In this context, the scale form prepared by the researchers was applied to 702 people and 690 forms were included in the analysis. The data obtained from the students were randomly divided into two groups. Explanatory factor analysis was performed on the first group (n1 = 400) and confirmatory factor analysis was performed on the second group (n2 = 290). As a result of explanatory factor analysis, it was determined that the scale was consisted of 25 items and 3 factors. These factors were called awareness, avoidance and orientation. Confirmatory factor analysis was performed to determine the accuracy of this structure. Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient obtained from the whole scale was .96 and ranged from .89 to .96 for the sub-factors. These findings show that the scale is valid and reliable for measuring adolescents' attitudes towards sex instruction.