TITLE

SEXUAL EXPERIENCE, CONTRACEPTION, AND STI PREVENTION AMONG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: RESULTS FROM A CANADIAN URBAN CENTRE

AUTHOR(S)
Hampton, Mary Rucklos; Smith, Pamela; Jeffery, Bonnie; McWatters, Barb
PUB. DATE
September 2001
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2001, Vol. 10 Issue 3/4, p111
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
High school students in grades 10 (n=1,120,) and 12 (n=1,233) in a Canadian urban centre completed a 73-item questionnaire concerning their sexual health-related knowledge, opinions, and behaviour. This paper reports on the percentage of students of different ages who have had intercourse, their contraceptive use and STI prevention at first intercourse, and their perceptions of their parents' attitudes toward their having intercourse. Overall, 31.7% of grade 10 students (average age 15.6 years) and 52.6% of grade 12 students (average age 17.6 years) reported ever having had sexual intercourse. Grade 12 females were more likely to have had intercourse than grade 12 males (57.1% versus 48.2%) a gender difference not present in grade 10. Recent frequency of intercourse varied considerably for both sexes with 50.1% of all students who had ever had intercourse reporting once or twice per week or more often in the last 3 months and 28.9% less than once a month. At first intercourse, 80% of these students reported using contraception (pill, condom or both with an additional 5% reporting withdrawal); 72% reported STI prevention (i.e., condom use). Overall, about three quarters of students who had not had intercourse and half of those who had felt that their parents would strongly or somewhat disapprove. The findings are discussed in relation to other recent research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
ACCESSION #
7387607

 

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