Gay Adolescents in Upstate New York: A Study of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Health Risk Behaviors

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153339
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Presentation
Title:
Gay Adolescents in Upstate New York: A Study of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Health Risk Behaviors
Abstract:
Gay Adolescents in Upstate New York: A Study of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Health Risk Behaviors
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Atav, Serdar, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Binghamton University
Title:Associate Professor
[Research Presentation] This study reports the findings from a survey of over 1,200 adolescents residing in Upstate New York. Adolescents in five school districts were surveyed using the Adolescent Assessment Project Questionnaire. The questionnaires include questions on: demographics; concerns; tobacco, drug and alcohol use; sexual activity; violence; and social activities. This presentation will focus on the differences in attitudes, beliefs, and health risk behaviors between those adolescents who have had sex with someone of the same sex at least once and those who have never. A secondary analysis of data was performed using data collected by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County.á The five school districts in the data set represent urban, suburban, and rural schools: 1 school district was rural; 2 school districts were suburban; and 2 school districts were urban.á Seventy-six (2.7% of total) respondents stated that they had had sex with someone of the same sex.á Ninety-three percent stated that they never had sex with someone of the same sex. The completed analyses of the data indicate that gay adolescents participate in/or are exposed to high risk behaviors at greater rates than other adolescents. These behaviors included: alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substance use, drinking and driving, carrying guns, running away from home, lack of condom use, running away from home, and attempted suicide. Moreover, gay adolescents experience at much higher rates than other adolescents actual violence, feelings of depression, and lower perceptions of safety and self. These measures included school and community safety, happiness with self, dropping out of school, finding professional help, happiness with relationships, not being able to do things with other adolescents, and wishing self was a different person. These striking findings are a strong indication that innovative strategies need to be developed targeting specifically gay adolescents who clearly have specific psycho-social needs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleGay Adolescents in Upstate New York: A Study of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Health Risk Behaviorsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153339-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Gay Adolescents in Upstate New York: A Study of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Health Risk Behaviors</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Atav, Serdar, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Binghamton University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">atav@binghamton.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] This study reports the findings from a survey of over 1,200 adolescents residing in Upstate New York. Adolescents in five school districts were surveyed using the Adolescent Assessment Project Questionnaire. The questionnaires include questions on: demographics; concerns; tobacco, drug and alcohol use; sexual activity; violence; and social activities. This presentation will focus on the differences in attitudes, beliefs, and health risk behaviors between those adolescents who have had sex with someone of the same sex at least once and those who have never. A secondary analysis of data was performed using data collected by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County.&aacute; The five school districts in the data set represent urban, suburban, and rural schools: 1 school district was rural; 2 school districts were suburban; and 2 school districts were urban.&aacute; Seventy-six (2.7% of total) respondents stated that they had had sex with someone of the same sex.&aacute; Ninety-three percent stated that they never had sex with someone of the same sex. The completed analyses of the data indicate that gay adolescents participate in/or are exposed to high risk behaviors at greater rates than other adolescents. These behaviors included: alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substance use, drinking and driving, carrying guns, running away from home, lack of condom use, running away from home, and attempted suicide. Moreover, gay adolescents experience at much higher rates than other adolescents actual violence, feelings of depression, and lower perceptions of safety and self. These measures included school and community safety, happiness with self, dropping out of school, finding professional help, happiness with relationships, not being able to do things with other adolescents, and wishing self was a different person. These striking findings are a strong indication that innovative strategies need to be developed targeting specifically gay adolescents who clearly have specific psycho-social needs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:12:25Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:12:25Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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