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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Issued: 2009

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: electronic

Extent: ix, 99 p. : ill.

Language(s): English

Summary: Objectives: To describe the co-occurrence of substance use and sexual activity behaviors among Afro-Caribbean adolescents living in South Florida, with attention to legal status, socio-demographic factors and risk-taking attitudes and behaviors. Methods: Convenience sampling was used to select 106 Afro-Caribbean adolescents from community centers in South Florida. A descriptive exploratory study was conducted. Data was analyzed using an independent t test, frequencies and crosstabs. Results: The study consists of 106 adolescents, 75% (n = 79) documented and 25% (n = 27) undocumented. Forty-one documented and 10 undocumented adolescents were sexually active. Of those, 14.6% of the documented and 40% of the undocumented adolescents had been drinking alcohol while engaging in sexual activity; 7.3% of documented and 30% of undocumented adolescents used drugs while engaging in sexual activity. Undocumented adolescents had less adult presence before and after school; Creole was spoken at home more than English, and none of the parents had gone to or graduated from college. There was no significant difference in risk-taking and social adaptation scores as measured by the Adolescent Risk-Taking Instrument (ARTI) for the documented and undocumented Afro-Caribbean adolescents. The ARTI had acceptable internal consistency reliability for the risk-taking (.87) and social adaption (.82) scale in this population. The mean score of risk behavior was 2.04 (SD = .44) for documented Afro-Caribbean adolescents and 1.89 (SD = .47) for undocumented adolescents. For social adaptation, mean scores were 3.23 (SD = .45) for documented and 3.20 (SD = .35) for undocumented adolescents. The co-occurrence of substance use and sexual activity is nearly triple for alcohol use and more than triple for drug use when comparing undocumented to documented adolescents.

Summary: However, scores on the ARTI did not differ.Socio-demographic factors related to risky behaviors suggest that the undocumented adolescents were more at risk. Health risk of undocumented adolescents demands more research attention if nurses wish to address the unique needs of this population.

Identifier: 432296033 (oclc), 228769 (digitool), FADT228769 (IID), fau:3469 (fedora)

Note(s): by Kim Jolly.Thesis (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2009.Includes bibliography.Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2009. Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Subject(s): Behavior disorders in adolescenceBehavioral assessment of teenagersAdolescent psychopathology -- United States -- FloridaAcculturation -- United States -- FloridaTranscultural nursing -- United States -- Florida

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FAU/228769

Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Jolly, Kim.

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A3469



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