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NCJ Number: 210658 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescents' Need to Talk About Sex and Sexuality in an Urban Mental Health Setting
Journal: Social Work in Mental Health  Volume:3  Issue:1/2  Dated:2004  Pages:135-153
Author(s): Nyanda Labor; Daniel Medeiros; Erika Carlson; Nancimarie Pullo; Mavis Seehaus; Ken Peake; Irwin Epstein
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents findings from the sexual health section of Adquest, a clinical adolescent self-assessment questionnaire, designed to elicit information from adolescents seeking mental health services to help counselors engage adolescents in conversations about their sexual health and other concerns.
Abstract: For many adults, adolescent sexuality is a highly charged, emotional issue. However, in order to provide young people with information about all aspects of sexuality and sexual behavior, it is important to offer easy access to services where they can talk openly and confidentially about their sexual experiences and concerns. In this article, findings are presented from the sexual health section of the Adquest utilized at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (AHC) in New York City analyzing the responses to the Adquest questions relating to sex and sexuality to aid counselors in engaging adolescents in conversation about their sexual health. The study consisted of 759 adolescents presenting for mental health intake between April 1999 and April 2002. Results indicate that young persons seeking mental health counseling in an urban mental health clinic express a strong desire to talk about sex and sexuality. Significant gender and age differences were noted in desire to talk about sexuality and mediated involvement in sexual risk behaviors. In addition, having experienced forced sex was directly related to desire for counseling about sexuality. The complex set of findings presented support the view that the majority of adolescents want to be asked directly about their behaviors. These findings compel clinicians to engage all adolescents in meaningful dialogue about sex and sexuality. References
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Children at risk; Juvenile health services; Psychosexual behavior; Risk taking behavior; Sexual behavior
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