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NCJ Number: 200446 Find in a Library
Title: Detained Adolescent Males and Reproductive Health: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Need for Male Specific Services
Journal: Journal for Juvenile Justice and Detention Services  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:Fall 2002  Pages:91-102
Author(s): Sara R. Parker; Melanie A. Gold
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study determined the reproductive health care needs of detained adolescent males and identified possible preventive measures for these individuals.
Abstract: A survey was conducted to assess the attitudes of detained adolescent males toward reproductive health care. The survey was conducted in a juvenile detention center in Western Pennsylvania. The survey questionnaire developed for the study consisted of 38 topics with multiple sub-questions. The survey guided one-on-one interviews with the male residents. Topics addressed included general demographics, modes of displaying affection, health care providers and facilities, knowledge of contraceptive methods, relationship history, elements of and motivations for sexual behavior, drug and alcohol use with sex, and discussions about sex. A total of 45 male residents agreed to be interviewed. Contrary to the study's hypothesis, most of the respondents reported that they received health care regularly. With the large percentage of African-American participants in this study, this is consistent with some studies that have suggested that African-American males and patients with Medicaid have better access to prevention services, such as reproductive care, than other males. In terms of contraceptive knowledge and experiences, the juveniles were most familiar with male and coitally dependent methods such as condoms, withdrawal, and spermicide. They had little knowledge about methods commonly used by female adolescents, such as pills, Depo-Provera, and emergency contraception. All residents who had experienced important relationships had been sexually active. The majority of sexually active residents did not believe that condom use "affected their relationships." Very few of the sexually active adolescents (15 percent) interviewed reported discussing sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy prevention with their partners. This suggests that both male and female adolescents need more experience with negotiating contraceptive use and discussing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases with their partners. One intervention that may be useful for young men in a juvenile detention facility is facilitated discussions about topics related to sexual health. 1 table and 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile health services
Index Term(s): Inmate health; Inmate health care; Juvenile inmates; Pennsylvania; Sexual behavior; Sexually transmitted diseases
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