This study examined the relationships between sexual behaviors, suicidality, emotional functioning, and the roles of gender/ethnicity among adolescents in the United States. The study methodology was a secondary data analysis using survey data completed by 13,061 adolescents from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Findings revealed that adolescent sexual behavior, including risky sexual behaviors, is strongly associated with suicide behaviors and feelings of sadness/hopelessness. Results indicated significant differences among study variables for adolescents who have experienced sexual coercion, including higher rates of suicide behaviors and feelings of sadness/hopelessness. There were statistically significant differences between gender/ethnicity and the main study variables. These findings illuminate the need for developing sex education curricula which include the emotional health component of sexual behavior. Furthermore, this study highlights the importance for social workers to become culturally competent in addressing topics of sex and suicide with adolescent clients.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Educational psychology|
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