To identify factors associated with young adolescents'sense of comfort about discussing sexual problems with their physician.
Confidential, assisted self-report questionnaires on physician-adolescent communication developed by the investigators and completed by participants at visits for general health examinations.
Five primary care pediatric practices at health maintenance organizations in Washington, DC.
A consecutive sample of all adolescents 12 to 15 years old who received a general health examination.
Of 412 eligible patients, 221 received parental consent and participated.
Adolescents'sense of comfort about talking to their physician about a sexually transmitted disease or some other sexual problem.
This outcome was chosen for a substudy of a larger longitudinal prevention trial.
Most adolescents valued their physicians'opinions about sex (89%) and said it was easy to talk to the physician during theirvisit (99%), but about half said they would be uncomfortable talking to the physician if they had a sexually transmitted disease or some other sexual problem (57%). Adolescents'sense of comfort was greater when physicians discussed sexual issues in the general health examination, adolescents perceived their personal risk of sexually transmitted disease to be high, adolescents had high self-esteem, and physicians were adolescents'usual physicians. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Sexualité, Maladie sexuellement transmissible, Relation médecin malade, Entretien clinique, Bien être, Confort, Adolescent, Homme, Médecin, Perception
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexuality, Sexually transmitted disease, Physician patient relation, Clinical interview, Well being, Comfort, Adolescent, Human, Physician, Perception
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0034807
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 21/05/1997.