AIDS Educ Prev. 1993 Winter;5(4):340-51. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE
This paper explores differences in adolescents' attitudes, beliefs, and
resistance skills regarding sexual behaviors and use of substances in
the context of AIDS prevention. A total of 553 7th and 8th grade
students completed a self-administered questionnaire as baseline data
collection for a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention project.
Students' attitudes about sexual behavior and substance use differed
markedly. Teens in this sample reported feeling significantly more
comfortable discussing substance use with their parents than discussing
sex; they also reported that it is easier to say no to alcohol or
marijuana than to resist pressures to have sex. Furthermore, these young
adolescents believed that their parents would be less upset to discover
that they were sexually active than to find out they were using drugs.
Among students who had ever had sex and who had ever used alcohol, young
adolescents indicated that their parents would be much less upset to
find out they were having sex than to discover they were smoking,
drinking alcohol, or using drugs. Implications of the findings for
HIV/AIDS prevention efforts are discussed.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/
PSYCHOLOGY/TRANSMISSION Adolescence Condoms Female Health Education
Human *Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Male *Psychotropic Drugs
Risk-Taking *Sex Behavior Sex Education *Street Drugs Substance
Abuse/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/PSYCHOLOGY Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.