TITLE

ATTITUDES ABOUT AIDS EDUCATION AND CONDOM AVAILABILITY AMONG PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN NEW YORK CITY: A FOCUS GROUP APPROACH

AUTHOR(S)
Rafferty, Yvonne; Radosh, Alice
PUB. DATE
February 1997
SOURCE
AIDS Education & Prevention;Feb1997, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article describes parents' views of the New York City Public High School's AIDS Education and Condom Availability Program. It presents findings from 12 focus groups with 81 parents of students at six representative high schools. Focus groups were conducted as part of an independent, comprehensive 3-year evaluation of the program, consisting of both qualitative and quantitative components. Participants were mostly supportive of the program, citing intense concern about AIDS among adolescents, fear that teenagers do not adequately perceive themselves as being vulnerable, and personal experiences with infected relatives and friends. Among the major reasons given in support of both school-based AIDS education and condom availability was the perceived threat of AIDS to teenagers. The majority of participants, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, emotionally expressed their fears and concerns. Many parents believed sexual activity is placing their children at risk for HIV and AIDS, recognizing that most adolescents do not postpone sexual activity pending their parents' permission.
ACCESSION #
18619322

 

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