Predictors of exposure to sexual health education among teens who are newcomers to Canada

Salehi, Roxana; Flicker, Sarah
December 2010
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2010, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p157
Academic Journal
The aim of this component of the Toronto Teen Survey was to explore predictors of access to sexual health education among urban youth with a focus on newcomers to Canada. A total of 1216 teens were surveyed through community-based agencies. The sample was diverse in terms of age, gender, race, language, religion, length of residency in Canada, and sexual behaviour. Most participants (65%) were born in Canada with 33% born elsewhere. The one third of those born elsewhere (11% of the total sample) who reported living in Canada for three years or less were identified as "newcomers" for the purposes of this analysis. Overall, 92% of the total sample indicated that they had received some sexual health education through classes or workshops and 8% said they had received no such education. Controlling for gender, age, religion, socioeconomic status, and sexual experience, all youth not born in Canada were significantly less likely to report having received sexual health education than those born in Canada. Within this group, 81.2% of those identified as newcomer youth had received some sexual health education compared to 91.8% for youth who had been in Canada longer and 93.7% for Canadian born youth.


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