ERIC Number: EJ1137173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Schools: A Missed Opportunity to Inform African American Sexual and Gender Minority Youth about Sexual Health Education and Services
Rose, India D.; Friedman, Daniela B.
Journal of School Nursing, v33 n2 p109-115 Apr 2017
Sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth are at disproportionate risk for HIV. Schools play an integral role in educating young people about sexual health in addition to providing sexual health services. This qualitative study examined SGM youths' perception of school sexual health education and services. A total of 42 self-identified African American SGM males participated in focus groups or in an in-depth interview. Qualitative findings revealed that schools are missing the opportunity to educate SGM youth about sexual health. Youth participants noted several barriers to accessing sexual health education and services at schools including limited, targeted health information and school nurses not being knowledgeable of health issues that impact SGM youth. Participants noted that school sexual health services are not adequately marketed to students and sometimes do not include testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Suggestions for future research and implications for school nurses and sexual health services are discussed.
Descriptors: Males, Focus Groups, Qualitative Research, At Risk Persons, Sexuality, Sex Education, Barriers, Access to Information, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Phenomenology, African Americans, Racial Differences, Minority Groups, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Young Adults, Late Adolescents, Comprehensive School Health Education, School Health Services, Grounded Theory, Semi Structured Interviews
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Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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