Contextual Factors Associated with Sexual Behavior Among Brazilian Adolescents

Maryane Oliveira-Campos, BPT, MHS; Luana Giatti, MD, PhD; Deborah Malta, MD, PhD; and Sandhi M. Barreto, MD, PhD — Annals of Epidemiology, April 2013/in press



Preventive misconception and adolescents’ knowledge about HIV vaccine trials (United States)

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Needs of South African adolescents orphaned by AIDS: Evidence from photography and photo-elicitation

G. Thupayagale-Tshweneagae and Z. Mokomane
International Nursing Review, 2012

Available evidence shows that over half of all orphans under the age of 18 years are adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years. Despite this, the needs of adolescents orphaned by AIDS are seldom recognized or adequately addressed in policy and programmes. Instead, the focus tends to be on the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. However, there are several factors that render adolescent-specific programmes important.

Youth sexual health in Nunavut: A needs-based survey of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour

Alternate link to the PDF Objectives This 2002 study [by Dr. Madeleine Cole, Baffin Regional Hospital, Nunavut, Canada] attempts to address the need for culturally specific data on beliefs and behaviours in order to design and implement appropriate public health interventions. The goal of the health promotion booklet that followed the study is to give youth a tool that will promote healthy choices and give non-judgmental information about sexuality.

The World Starts With Me: A multilevel evaluation of a comprehensive sex education programme targeting adolescents in Uganda

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This 2011 paper evaluates the effect of the World Starts With Me (WSWM), a comprehensive sex education programme in secondary schools in Uganda. The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of WSWM on socio-cognitive determinants of safe sex behaviour (delay; condom use and non-coercive sex).

WSWM was first introduced in 30 secondary schools in Uganda in September 2003

Needs, Challenges & Opportunities: Adolescents and Young People Living with HIV in Zambia


The aims of this qualitative study, carried out in 2010, were twofold. The first was to explore and document the psychosocial, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of adolescents (10-19) living with HIV in Zambia. The second aim was to identify gaps between these needs and existing SRH and HIV-related initiatives and services currently available to young people. Funding for the study was through the International HIV/AIDS Alliance Africa Regional Programme (ARP), with financial support from the Swedish development agency (Sida).

State of the World's Children 2011 (UNICEF report)


The State of the World’s Children 2011 invited adult and adolescent contributors from a variety of stakeholder groups to give their perspectives on the distinct challenges adolescents face today in protection, education, health and participation. Through a wealth of concrete examples, this report makes clear that sustainable progress is possible.

Attitudes about sexual disclosure and perceptions of stigma and shame

The objective of this research was to determine, in a household sample of youths, the relation between stigma and shame about having a sexually transmitted disease and (1) past STD related care seeking and (2) perceptions about disclosure of sexual behaviours to a doctor or nurse. Of interest was whether the relation between stigma, shame, and care seeking was moderated by perceptions about disclosure.

The study sample consisted of 223 African-American adolescents between the ages of 13–19 living in an economically depressed neighbourhood of San Francisco.

An Ethics Case Study of HIV Prevention Research on Facebook: The Just/Us Study

In this article, we will describe an ethics case study of using Facebook to deliver a sexual education program to youth and young adults, with a focus on those issues highlighted in Table I, which include a description of potential ethical risks related to beneficence, information and comprehension, equity and special populations, and confidentiality and security.

Sexpress: The Toronto Teen Survey Report

What are diverse teens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada saying about HIV, sexual health, and the services they want?

The Toronto Teen Survey (TTS) is a community-based research project that has gathered information from youth on assets, gaps, and barriers that currently exist in sexual health education and services.

Planned Parenthood Toronto sponsored the Toronto Teen Survey in partnership with York University, University of Toronto (New College), and Wilfrid Laurier University. Toronto Public Health was a collaborator.

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