1992. 2 p.
Edwards, S.
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Family Planning Perspectives
A study in four districts of Rhode Island (USA) of 1,379 junior high school students (average age 13.2 years) found that sexually active boys were less knowledgeable about HIV, less tolerant of people living with AIDS, less fearful of contraction of HIV and more likely to undertake risky behavior, than those who were not sexually active. The same pattern, although less extreme, is found among girls in the sample. Researchers believe that schools must develop programs better targetted at sexually-active youth and advocate for the use of role-playing, modeling and group discussions teaching condom use and communication skills to negotiate safer sex and increase assertiveness in the face of peer pressure.
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