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Young adolescent attitudes toward sex and substance use: implications for AIDS prevention.


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.

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