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Family and Consumer Sciences


Cristina Prestin-Latham

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Family and Consumer Sciences


Human sexuality encompasses the sexual knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors of individuals. Its various dimensions involve the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the sexual response system; identity, orientation, roles, and personality; and thoughts, feelings, and relationships. Sexuality is influenced by ethical, spiritual cultural, and moral concerns (Esses, Small, Rodemann, Hartman, 2019). That being said less than one-half of sexually active adolescents have received counseling regarding contraception and sexually transmitted disease (STD) from their health care provider. We hypothesized that hospitalized adolescents would be interested in receiving reproductive health education and/or STD testing. In addition, we assessed the opinion of female adolescents on initiation of contraception during hospitalization (Guss, Wunsch, McCulloh, Donaldson, Alverson, 2014).

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