Identifying Adolescent Patients at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections: Development of a Brief Sexual Health Screening Survey.
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This study examined the association between survey responses to health behaviors, personality/psychosocial factors, and self-reported sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to create a brief survey to identify youth at risk for contracting STIs. Participants included 200 racially diverse 14- to 18-year-old patients from a pediatric primary care clinic. Two sexual behavior variables and one peer norm variable were used to differentiate subgroups of individuals at risk of contracting a STI based on reported history of STIs using probability (decision tree) analyses. These items, as well as sexual orientation and having ever had oral sex, were used to create a brief sexual health screening (BSHS) survey. Each point increase in total BSHS score was associated with exponential growth in the percentage of sexually active adolescents reporting STIs. Findings suggest that the BSHS could serve as a useful tool for clinicians to quickly and accurately detect sexual risk among adolescent patients.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Southeastern United States
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1177/0009922814563273
Publication InfoVictor, Elizabeth C; Chung, Richard; & Thompson, Robert J (2015). Identifying Adolescent Patients at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections: Development of a Brief Sexual Health Screening Survey. Clinical pediatrics, 54(9). pp. 878-887. 10.1177/0009922814563273. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/20436.
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Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Chronic illnesses in adolescenceHealth behavior change Healthcare transitions Positive Youth DevelopmentTreatment AdherenceObesityEating DisordersAdolescent Cardiovascular Health
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience
My research and teaching interests include how biological and psychosocial processes act together in human development and learning. One area of focus has been on the adaptation of children and their families to developmental problems and chronic illnesses, including sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis. Another area of focus is enhancing undergraduate education through scholarship on teaching and learning and fostering the development of empathy and identity.
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