This project was conducted to determine whether an educational curriculum would increase knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and promote safe sex practices among homeless youth (ages 13-19) living in shelters or transitional homes. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide a basic overview of STDs: disease process, transmission, prevention, complications, screening, and treatment for the at-risk homeless youths. There is a growing health concern regarding the incidence and prevalence of STDs among teenagers today. This increasing prevalence of STDs indicates that this population is in need of STD education to protect them from contracting such diseases. Health promotion that involves advocating for certain lifestyle choices, environmental conditions, and development of appropriate coping skills and social support systems is essential to stop this quiet epidemic of STDs. Implementation of this project revealed that an STD curriculum was effective in increasing the knowledge and perceptions of homeless youths regarding STDs.
|Advisor:||Kumrow, David E.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Public health, Public policy, Health education|
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