The Knowledge Gap Versus the Belief Gap and Abstinence-Only Sex Education

  title={The Knowledge Gap Versus the Belief Gap and Abstinence-Only Sex Education},
  author={Douglas Blanks Hindman and Changmin Yan},
  journal={Journal of Health Communication},
  pages={949 - 957}
The knowledge gap hypothesis predicts widening disparities in knowledge of heavily publicized public affairs issues among socioeconomic status groups. The belief gap hypothesis extends the knowledge gap hypothesis to account for knowledge and beliefs about politically contested issues based on empirically verifiable information. This analysis of 3 national surveys shows belief gaps developed between liberals and conservatives regarding abstinence-only sex education; socioeconomic status–based… 

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