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This study, commissioned by the Lucas County (Ohio) Health Department, was designed to assess parental beliefs and attitudes related to HIV/AIDS prevention for youth, particularly in middle and high schools. In November 1996, 400 telephone interviews were completed with parents of middle/high school students in Lucas County. Names were randomly selected from a marketing list of households with at least one child aged 10-18 years. The results indicated that parents want more aggressive AIDS prevention efforts in schools even though they greatly underestimated the level of teen sexual activity. Most parents (63 percent) wanted schools to increase education on AIDS prevention while only 3 percent who thought AIDS education should be decreased. The great majority (81 percent) of parents favored discussing both abstinence and the use of condoms with students. Most (64 percent) of parents also favored schools providing information on where to get condoms. Making condoms available in high schools to sexually active students was supported by 53 percent of parents. Eighty-three percent of parents reported they would encourage condom use by their own sexually active children. However, most parents did not want information on talking with their children about AIDS prevention with only 28 percent desiring this information. (JLS)

Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adolescents, Disease Control, Health Education, Intermediate Grades, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Attitudes, Prevention, Risk, Secondary Education, Sex Education, Sexuality, Surveys

Lucas County District Board of Health, One Government Center, Suite 470, Toledo, OH 43604-2252.

Autor: Rutt, Dan


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