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NCJ Number: 165782 Find in a Library
Title: Teens Talk: Results of the 1996 Louisiana Youth Focus Groups
Corporate Author: Louisiana Adolescent Health Initiative
Office of Public Health
Dept of Health and Hospitals
United States of Americ
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Louisiana Adolescent Health Initiative
New Orleans, LA 70112
Sale Source: Louisiana Adolescent Health Initiative
Office of Public Health
Dept of Health and Hospitals
325 Loyola Avenue
Room 610
New Orleans, LA 70112
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Focus groups conducted as part of the Louisiana Health Initiative gathered the opinions of youths ages 10-19 from seven parts of the State regarding health concerns, health maintenance and disease prevention, self-perception and protective factors, adolescent reproductive health, and the ideal adolescent health center.
Abstract: The groups were conducted from November 1995 through August 1996. They were led by a team of trained and demographically diverse male and female facilitators. The 223 participants represented varied racial, ethnic, age, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Most of the 1-hour sessions had 8-12 participants. Each participant received $15 in cash together with t-shirts, coupons, certificates, and snacks. Results revealed that violence and crime, alcohol and other drugs, and guns and gangs were pervasive themes in both urban and rural groups, particularly in the New Orleans and East Baton Rouge areas. Rural groups spoke more of tobacco use, drinking and driving, boredom and a lack of things to do, and nutrition and exercise. The youths repeatedly emphasized the need for their parents to realize how their actions may directly or indirectly influence those of their children. Peer counseling and peer mentoring programs were popular. Teen centers were cited as the single most useful effort any health promotion or disease prevention program could support. Lists of recommendations and appended program guidelines and publicity flyer
Main Term(s): Juvenile health services
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Drug abuse causes; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Louisiana; Needs assessment; Risk taking behavior; Violence causes
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