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How Young Adults Learned About Sexual Health

Illes, Alexandra (2012) How Young Adults Learned About Sexual Health. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Quality sexual health education is a significant influence on how decisions are made throughout one’s life. In order to make safe and healthy choices, like wearing condoms, getting tested for sexually transmitted infections, and being prepared for puberty, quality sexual health education is needed. This qualitative study at the University of Pittsburgh involved interviews with a total of 11 people, nine females and two males. All of the interviewees were college educated and ranged in age from 21 to 25 years old. Understanding the sources of people’s sexual health education is important because it can provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of current sexual health education practices, parental involvement, and media influence, and how these can be improved. Looking retrospectively at how young adults have received their sexual health education provides a critical look at how their knowledge has influenced their lives to this point, and what they now know on the subject. Several public health relevant themes emerged in this study; sexual health education is needed and wanted earlier in life, should be provided in a realistic way, and should include parental involvement. Inaccurate or inadequate sexual health education can lead to being unprepared for puberty, ignoring symptoms of sexually transmitted infections, and using contraceptives incorrectly. When people are provided with correct, accurate and comprehensive sexual health information they can make better decisions, like being prepared for puberty, getting tested for sexually transmitted infections, and using contraceptives correctly.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Illes, Alexandraari12@pitt.eduARI12
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee CoChairFelter, Elizabethemfelter@pitt.eduEMFELTER
Committee CoChairKammerer, Candacecmk3@pitt.eduCMK3
Date: 29 June 2012
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 9 April 2012
Approval Date: 29 June 2012
Submission Date: 3 April 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 38
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual health, education, parents, media, qualitative, young adults, adolescent, sexuality education,
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 21:16
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:57


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