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A Content Analysis of Youth Sexual Health Websites: Exploring their Relevance and Accessibility for Youth with Disabilities

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Heath, B; Flicker, S; Nepveux, D; Proudfoot, D
Published in: Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality
September 18, 2013

Because web-based campaigns are an important part of health promotion campaigns for youth, this research examines sexual health websites aimed at youth and explores the messages on HIV/AIDS for their relevance and accessibility for youth with disabilities. The researchers’ underlying understanding of disability is that it is socially constructed and that people with disabilities experience social exclusion. We used a directed content analysis method to analyze 21 websites that met our inclusion criteria based on our indicators of accessibility and relevance and for their key messages. We found that the messaging across all sites was highly consistent: sex-positive, gay-positive, and non-judgmental about youth sexual expression. However, none of the prevention information specifically considered mobility, verbal and cognitive disability, participation and information barriers faced by youth with disabilities, or their heightened sexual vulnerability. Only one site depicted disability in images and none depicted disability and sexuality. There is a clear need to better understand the sexual health information needs of youth with disabilities and to develop safe sex information that is relevant and accessible to them.

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Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality

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2564-4033

Publication Date

September 18, 2013

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1

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1

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York University Libraries
 

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Heath, B., Flicker, S., Nepveux, D., & Proudfoot, D. (2013). A Content Analysis of Youth Sexual Health Websites: Exploring their Relevance and Accessibility for Youth with Disabilities. Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.25071/2564-4033.37271
Heath, Bonita, Sarah Flicker, Denise Nepveux, and Devon Proudfoot. “A Content Analysis of Youth Sexual Health Websites: Exploring their Relevance and Accessibility for Youth with Disabilities.” Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality 1, no. 1 (September 18, 2013). https://doi.org/10.25071/2564-4033.37271.
Heath B, Flicker S, Nepveux D, Proudfoot D. A Content Analysis of Youth Sexual Health Websites: Exploring their Relevance and Accessibility for Youth with Disabilities. Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality. 2013 Sep 18;1(1).
Heath, Bonita, et al. “A Content Analysis of Youth Sexual Health Websites: Exploring their Relevance and Accessibility for Youth with Disabilities.” Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality, vol. 1, no. 1, York University Libraries, Sept. 2013. Crossref, doi:10.25071/2564-4033.37271.
Heath B, Flicker S, Nepveux D, Proudfoot D. A Content Analysis of Youth Sexual Health Websites: Exploring their Relevance and Accessibility for Youth with Disabilities. Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality. York University Libraries; 2013 Sep 18;1(1).

Published In

Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality

DOI

EISSN

2564-4033

Publication Date

September 18, 2013

Volume

1

Issue

1

Publisher

York University Libraries