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Open Access Sexual Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Youth Living in Group Homes

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to report sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of system-involved youth living in group homes, and when appropriate, contrast these data with equivalent national data. Methods: Data were collected from a sample of racially/ethnically di- verse youth (N= 1036, 79% male, Mean age=16.1 years). Results: Nearly all comparisons indi- cate that persons in this sample were more likely to engage in sexual risk behaviors compared to other youth populations. For example, 90% of the participants reported having had sexual intercourse compared to 54% of youth in the child welfare system and 47% of youth in the general population. Conclusions: Youth living in out-of-home care can benefit from programs that provide skills enabling them to reduce sexual risk-taking and prevent pregnancy.
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Keywords: ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY; FOSTER CARE YOUTH; GROUP CARE HOMES; TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2018

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