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Session: Where do Youth Get Reproductive Health Information? Communication to Improve Behavior
3290.0: Monday, November 8, 2004: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Where do Youth Get Reproductive Health Information? Communication to Improve Behavior
A variety of communication channels impact sexual and contraceptive behavior among US adolescents. No one source plays the most important role in shaping behavior—adolescents are exposed to messages from their families, friends, communities, mass media, internet, and others. While several media channels influence adolescents, particularly the internet, parents continue to play a significant role in shaping their children's social norms and sexual behavior. Several papers in this session focus on the role of parental communication and its impact on self-efficacy and community norms related to sexual behavior. Research studies will discuss findings from both community-based pregnancy prevention programs where parental communication information is gathered from the perspective of the adolescent, to programs that are more directly targeted to parents to help shape their perception regarding social norms and the need for their constructive interventions. Other papers focus on the utility of available internet driven resources where adolescents can have their questions answered in a safe and non-judgmental environment. As shown in this set of research findings, the complexity of adolescent sexual and contraceptive behavior requires that they be exposed to a variety of messages, ideally reinforcing messages of responsibility. While the complexity of parent-child communication effectiveness requires further research, clearly adolescents need to be able to access information from a variety of channels—channels which will accept issues such as misspelling and questions of a sensitive nature. For adolescents who do not have supportive parents, these alternative media channels become increasingly important.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1. name at least five different information sources that young people in the U.S. use for sexual and reproductive health information; 2. articulate the main characteristics of different information sources, how youth respond to each, and ways to make each source effective in practice; and 3. describe three ways that parent-child communication as well as child rearing practices can create the most supportive environment to assure that adolescents reduce their risk-taking behaviors.
Moderator(s):Claire D. Brindis, DrPH
2:30 PMTalking the talk: How parent communication relates to self-efficacy in adolescents' sexual decision making
Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, Claire D. Brindis, DrPH, Joe Funk, BS
2:44 PMResearching youth want to know: Do teens think media influences young people's sexual behavior?
Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, MD, MPH, Jennifer Kosinski, MS, RD, Burns Rogers, MPH
2:58 PMAdolescents’ use of an Internet website for sexual health information
Julie A. Becker, PhD, MPH, Clara S. Haignere, PhD, MPH, CHES, Danene Sorace, MPP
3:12 PMA social norms campaign to promote protective parenting practices in two urban public housing developments
William F. Bacon, PhD, Michele Bayley, MPH, Haydee Morales, MA, Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD
3:26 PMBuilding the capacity and readiness of state organizations to promote science-based practices
Tamarah Moss, MPH, MSW, Barbara W. Sugland, MPH, ScD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; School Health Education and Services; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA