Objective: To expand understanding of the behavioral epidemiology of an important sexually transmitted disease risk factor within a clinical framework of the AMA Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS): Recommendations and Rationale. Design: Cross-sectional analysis of the fourth year of a longitudinal study of adolescent health behavior. Setting: High schools in a single major urban school district. Participants: Nine hundred and forty-six white, African American, and Hispanic sexually active adolescents. Main Outcome Measures: Number of sexual partners in previous year and other health-risk and health-protective behaviors. Measures are operationalized according to guidelines for adolescent preventive services recommendations. Results: Adolescents with 3 or more sexual partners annually were more involved with potentially health-harming behaviors such as illicit substance use and less involved with potentially health-protective behaviors such as seat belt use. These relationships were independent of sex, ethnic group, or socioeconomic status. Conclusions: The number of sexual partners may be considered part of a larger pattern of adolescent health-risk and health-protective behaviors. The guidelines may provide a useful framework for clinical assessment of these patterns as part of a routine health care visit of adolescent patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health