Identifying Adolescent Patients at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections: Development of a Brief Sexual Health Screening Survey.

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Journal Article

This study examined the association between survey responses to health behaviors, personality/psychosocial factors, and self-reported sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to create a brief survey to identify youth at risk for contracting STIs. Participants included 200 racially diverse 14- to 18-year-old patients from a pediatric primary care clinic. Two sexual behavior variables and one peer norm variable were used to differentiate subgroups of individuals at risk of contracting a STI based on reported history of STIs using probability (decision tree) analyses. These items, as well as sexual orientation and having ever had oral sex, were used to create a brief sexual health screening (BSHS) survey. Each point increase in total BSHS score was associated with exponential growth in the percentage of sexually active adolescents reporting STIs. Findings suggest that the BSHS could serve as a useful tool for clinicians to quickly and accurately detect sexual risk among adolescent patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Victor, EC; Chung, R; Thompson, RJ

Published Date

  • August 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 878 - 887

PubMed ID

  • 25527529

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25527529

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-2707

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-9228

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0009922814563273

Language

  • eng