ERIC Number: ED416284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes toward Sexuality and Sexual Behaviors of Asian-American Adolescents. Implications for Risk of HIV Infection. An Occasional Paper.
Chan, Connie S.
There has been a widespread perception that Asian Americans are at lower risk for HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases than the population as a whole. This report assesses the knowledge of Asian American adolescents about AIDS and their sexual behaviors and explores whether there is a difference between a Cambodian group (half the sample) and an "other Asian" group. Questionnaires were distributed to 96 adolescents in the Boston and Revere (Massachusetts) areas in 1994, and 80 completed them. Previously published studies of the knowledge and attitudes of Asian American adolescents have indicated that they were less knowledgeable about AIDS and less apt to discuss sex and sexuality than their White, African American, and Hispanic counterparts, but this study suggests that this may no longer be the case. These students were found to be aware of AIDS, willing to discuss it, and more willing to translate their knowledge into protective behaviors. However, only 46% reported using condoms during oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse. The Cambodian adolescents differed from their other Asian counterparts only in reporting more sexual activity, a finding that may reflect cultural differences. The majority of students in both groups were first-generation immigrants who would be expected to adhere more closely to cultural expectations than would more "Americanized" adolescents. (Contains 5 tables and 14 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adolescents, Asian American Students, Asian Americans, Behavior Patterns, Cambodians, Cultural Differences, Ethnic Groups, Health Education, High School Students, High Schools, Immigrants, Knowledge Level, Risk, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Student Attitudes, Urban Youth
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Research Center on Education in the Inner Cities, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Inst. for Asian American Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)