Good News About Some Teenagers

Hollander, Dore
January 1999
Family Planning Perspectives;Jan/Feb99, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p3
Academic Journal
Asian and Pacific Islander high school students are less likely than other adolescents to engage in behaviors that increase their risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, according to a 1992 survey of 2,026 young people in Los Angeles County. Asians and Pacific Islanders in the sample were significantly less likely to have had sexual intercourse than were members of other racial or ethnic groups. Among sexually experienced youth , they were less likely to have first intercourse by age 13 than were other adolescents and were less likely than others to have had more than five partners. Use of a condom at first sex was more common among Asians and Pacific Islanders than among most other groups were similar with respect to consistency or recent use. Asian and Pacific Islander youth were more likely than others think that their parents or friends would disapprove of their having sex. Although these teenagers seem to be at less risk than their peers, the researchers note that since they may develop risk profiles comparable to other groups once they initiate sexual activity, it is important to reach them with culturally sensitive approaches to risk reduction.


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