Communication Between Asian American Adolescents and Health Care Providers About Sexual Activity, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Pregnancy Prevention

Jessie Zhao, May Lau, David Vermette, David Liang, Glenn Flores

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Abstract

Asian American adolescents have been reported to have the lowest amount of communication with health care providers regarding sexual health topics (sexual activity, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy prevention). This study identified Asian American adolescents’ attitudes/beliefs regarding how health care providers can be most helpful in communicating about sexual health topics. Twenty participants revealed the following information: (a) confidentiality concerns resulted in lying to health care providers about sexual histories or refusing hormonal contraception, (b) a general lack of knowledge regarding sexual health topics, and (c) a hesitancy to discuss sexual histories with Asian American health care providers. Asian American adolescents expressed a need for privacy from parents regarding their sexual behaviors, and want health care providers to initiate conversations and provide information about sexual health topics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-226
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • Asian American
  • contraception
  • pregnancy prevention
  • sexuality
  • sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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