ERIC Number: ED349532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Adolescent HIV Education: The Impact of Dating Violence on Sexual Behavior.
Plichta, Stacey; And Others
Often Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) programs are based on the assumption that women have control over whether or not intercourse takes place; and, if it takes place whether or not condoms are used. However, those who are in violent relationships may have little or no control over the sexual activity in the relationship. Planned Parenthood of Maryland is in the third year of running a peer-support group program which is designed to prevent Human Immune Virus (HIV) acquisition in adolescents. After the first year's implementation it was clear that dating violence was an issue which needed attention. The second year program was expanded to include a session on dating violence. For the second year's evaluation a section on experiences with dating violence was added. Young black women (N=77), 79% of whom were sexually active completed a questionnaire which included questions on dating violence. Thirty-four percent of the women had experienced one or more episodes of dating violence in the past year and 15% percent had experienced severe dating violence. Group leaders gained the impression that the teenagers perceived the dating violence as normal. It is a matter of great concern that dating violence discouraged behaviors which are related to reducing the risk of contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. These differences focused on condom usage, and perceptions of men's and peer's attitudes towards condoms. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dating Violence
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (119th, Atlanta, GA, November 10-14, 1991).