Impact of demographics, sexual history, and psychological functioning on the acquisition of STDs in adolescents.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are associated with significant morbidities for adolescents.
This study sought to determine the relationship of demographic characteristics, sexual history, and psychological characteristics to actual acquisition of STD.
Adolescents were recruited from their source of primary care : 44 males and 88 females matched on age and race.
A series of logistic regression analyses were used to determine which of the independent variables were significantly associated with self-reported STD occurrences.
When age, race, and gender were pretested, older age and being female were found to be associated with more episodes.
The final model consisted of older age, female gender, greater number of lifetime partners, perceived greater frequency of STDs among adolescents in general, less negative feelings about STD acquisition, and being less likely to believe your friends would think you were bad.
The findings indicate that acquisition of an STD is related to the demographic characteristics of age and gender, as well as to the number of lifetime partners and attitudes about STD acquisition.
This information can be used to develop intervention programs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie sexuellement transmissible, Adolescent, Homme, Facteur sociodémographique, Difficulté psychologique, Facteur risque, Antécédent, Sexualité, Comportement sexuel, Sexe, Age, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexually transmitted disease, Adolescent, Human, Sociodemographic factor, Psychological difficulty, Risk factor, Antecedent, Sexuality, Sexual behavior, Sex, Age, Epidemiology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0068072
Code Inist : 002A26N03A. Création : 14/05/1998.