TITLE

Nova Scotia high school students' interactions with physicians for sexual health information

AUTHOR(S)
McKay, Alexander
PUB. DATE
September 2000
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2000, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p215
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Although physicians can be an important source of sexual health information and counseling for adolescents, little is known about adolescents' use of physicians for these services. As part of a community effort to establish a health service for students attending a Nova Scotia high school, the author surveyed 656 male and 647 female Grade 10 -12 students attending the school on a range of sexual health issues including their discussions with their physicians about sexual health issues. Over 80% of males and 90% of females reported that they had a family physician. With respect to sexual behavior, about 40% of Grade 10 students, 50% of Grade 11 students and 60% of Grade 12 students reported being sexually experienced. Sexually active students were significantly more likely to have visited their family physician in the last year. However, of students with a family physician, only 8.7% of male students and 37.9% of female students had discussed with their physician whether they were sexually active.
ACCESSION #
5098703

 

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