Information Age: Do Urban African-American Youth Find Sexual Health Information Online?

Dolcini, M. M.,
Warren, J.,
Towner, S. L.,
Catania, J. A.,
Harper, G. W.
Year Published: 2015
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Sexuality Research and Social Policy
Volume: 12

Issue: 2

These authors investigated the extent to which urban African-American youth access information via the Internet for sexual health information, and the conditions under which they find sexual health information. African-American heterosexual youth (N=81; 15–17 years) residing in low-income neighborhoods completed semi-structured interviews. Nearly half of the respondents reported using the Internet for sexual health information; a variety of topics were covered, including HIV/STIs, condoms, communication, and relationships. Notably, many youth accessed information in the context of a sex education assignment or through advertisements on social network sites. The findings suggest several pathways through which youth may be reached with sexual health information online. The authors also identify several testable hypotheses, which can be explored in larger quantitative studies and can enhance the ability to develop effective strategies for reaching youth with legitimate sexual health information online. Modified Author Abstract.

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