This study examined published research on sexual risk behaviors and the people who engage in them. Using current and past literature, an extensive review and analysis of attitudes, beliefs, and causes of sexual risk behaviors was done. Sexual risk behaviors were defined within the following models: medical, alcohol and drug, societal views, self definitions, and cultural definitions. The age groups studied were: adolescence (12-17), young adulthood (18-25), middle adulthood (26-50), and later adulthood (51 and older). Studies of homosexual men and women and heterosexual women and men were reviewed as well as a comparison of gender differences. Studies about religion and culture were reviewed, as well as health, psychological co-morbidity, and substance abuse. And, finally, a review of interventions used was examined. A critical analysis was done of 164 articles to determine themes, which emerged as gender, age, ethnicity, assessments used, procedures used, limitations within the articles, and sexual orientation. Finally, an educational pamphlet was developed to target the largest at-risk group, people between the ages of 18-25 years. Based on sexual risk behavior literature, this study examines the impact that risky sexual behaviors have on a person and society, and it also highlights the importance of accessible education. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center, www.ohiolink.edu/etd.
|Commitee:||Moya, Cynde, Ph.D., Suarez, Alex, Ph.D., Wieneke, Mary, Ph.D.|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Sociology|
|Keywords:||At-risk communities, At-risk group, Literature review, Pamphlet development, Prevention, Sexual risk behaviors|
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