Teen Perceptions of Sexual Activity, Decision-Making, and the Promotion of Safe Sexual Practices: A Focus Group Study

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/603050
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Teen Perceptions of Sexual Activity, Decision-Making, and the Promotion of Safe Sexual Practices: A Focus Group Study
Other Titles:
Understanding Our Youth [Session]
Author(s):
Herrman, Judith
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Xi
Author Details:
Judith Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, jherrman@udel.edu
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Purpose: This study is designed to explore teens’ perceptions of sexual activity, decision-making, and means to promote safe sexual practices in youth.  Teens’ thoughts on the supports and challenges associated with sexual decision-making and safe sexual behavior provide the framework for examining this critical area of teen health. Background: Recent research revealed that teens in the state of study report some of the highest rates of sexual activity and pregnancy in the nation.  Concerned advocates wonder about the factors behind these startling data and posit that youth-generated interventions are needed to ensure safe sexual practices.  The thoughts of teens are unknown and validate the current study. Methods:  This qualitative, descriptive study uses focus groups to gather teens’ perceptions. Students, ages 14-17 years, were recruited from school-based health centers (SBHCs) and participated in nine focus groups. SBHC staff recruited participants, obtained consents, signed students up for focus groups, and assisted with scheduling focus groups in private rooms at the SBHC.  The Focus Group Interview Guide, based on the supports and challenges model and previous research, was used in the semi-structured interviews.  Focus groups were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim.  Observational notes recorded non-verbal aspects of the focus groups.  Analysis included both template analysis, using the Focus Group Interview Guide and thematic analysis assessing for emergent and prominent themes.  Results:  Iterative analysis yielded support and challenge themes that may be used to inform adult messages, programs, and policies designed to promote healthy teen sexual behavior.  Conclusions and implications:  Nurses hold pivotal roles in fostering responsible and safe sexual practices in youth.  Using teen perceptions to guide interventions related to safe sexual practices ensures meaningful, teen-focused, and developmentally appropriate strategies to enhance safe sexual practices.
Keywords:
teen perceptions; teen sexual behavior; qualitative research
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15F24
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleTeen Perceptions of Sexual Activity, Decision-Making, and the Promotion of Safe Sexual Practices: A Focus Group Studyen
dc.title.alternativeUnderstanding Our Youth [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorHerrman, Judithen
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Xien
dc.author.detailsJudith Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, jherrman@udel.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/603050en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Purpose: This study is designed to explore teens’ perceptions of sexual activity, decision-making, and means to promote safe sexual practices in youth.  Teens’ thoughts on the supports and challenges associated with sexual decision-making and safe sexual behavior provide the framework for examining this critical area of teen health. Background: Recent research revealed that teens in the state of study report some of the highest rates of sexual activity and pregnancy in the nation.  Concerned advocates wonder about the factors behind these startling data and posit that youth-generated interventions are needed to ensure safe sexual practices.  The thoughts of teens are unknown and validate the current study. Methods:  This qualitative, descriptive study uses focus groups to gather teens’ perceptions. Students, ages 14-17 years, were recruited from school-based health centers (SBHCs) and participated in nine focus groups. SBHC staff recruited participants, obtained consents, signed students up for focus groups, and assisted with scheduling focus groups in private rooms at the SBHC.  The Focus Group Interview Guide, based on the supports and challenges model and previous research, was used in the semi-structured interviews.  Focus groups were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim.  Observational notes recorded non-verbal aspects of the focus groups.  Analysis included both template analysis, using the Focus Group Interview Guide and thematic analysis assessing for emergent and prominent themes.  Results:  Iterative analysis yielded support and challenge themes that may be used to inform adult messages, programs, and policies designed to promote healthy teen sexual behavior.  Conclusions and implications:  Nurses hold pivotal roles in fostering responsible and safe sexual practices in youth.  Using teen perceptions to guide interventions related to safe sexual practices ensures meaningful, teen-focused, and developmentally appropriate strategies to enhance safe sexual practices.en
dc.subjectteen perceptionsen
dc.subjectteen sexual behavioren
dc.subjectqualitative researchen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:42:15Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:42:15Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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