Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. The literature shows that HPV infections lead to cancer and that sexual debut and the number of partners can determine the risk of becoming infected with HPV. The aim of the present study was to identify where racial disparities exist and how adult supervision plays a role in HPV knowledge; the implication is that we can address where there are gaps in HPV knowledge to address this problem. Data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey were analyzed to understand the relationship between ethnicity, adult supervision, and HPV knowledge in California. The hypotheses that White female adolescents have more HPV knowledge and female adolescents that have adult supervision have more HPV knowledge were supported. Practical implications and suggestions for future research were discussed.
|Commitee:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Health education, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Female adolescents, Human Papillomavirus, Racial disparities, STD education|
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