Such factors may cause serious obstacles to STD prevention due to their influence on social and sexual networks, access to and provision of care, willingness to seek care, and social norms regarding sex and sexuality. Among certain vulnerable populations, historical experience with segregation and discrimination exacerbates the influence of these factors.
High-risk behaviors are those that can have adverse effects on the overall development and well-being of youth, or that might prevent them from future successes and development.
This includes behaviors that cause immediate physical injury e. For example, teen pregnancy can prevent youth from experiencing typical adolescent events such as graduating from school or from developing close friendships with peers.
Because high-risk behaviors can significantly impact the lives of youth and those around them, it is essential that parents, educators and other concerned adults become aware of the prevalence of these behaviors, the factors that increase their likelihood, and what can be done to abate or prevent those risks.
Types And Prevalence Of High-Risk Behaviors Several high-risk behaviors have been of particular interest to professionals because of their prevalence in youth today. Many of these behaviors cause a large number of deaths and injury among teens, or have negative impacts on society. For this reason, many professionals have started to consider behaviors leading to being overweight and obesity as risky.
Nationally, only 66 percent of youth report engaging in vigorous physical activity at least three times during the past week. While an increasing number of youth are overweight or obese, a large number of youth also are engaging in unhealthy dietary behaviors to lose weight.
Risky Sexual Behaviors Engagement in sexual behavior is considered to be another group of high-risk behaviors for youth because of the potential physical e. Youth may or may not be ready for the social and emotional implications of sexual activity, and many sexually active youth do not use safe sexual practices.
Teens engage in sexual intercourse at a young age — 47 percent of youth nationwide. Among those who report engaging in sex, only 63 percent report having used a condom during their last intercourse and 17 percent report using alternative methods of birth control.
Unprotected sex exacerbates risks because of the potential for developing STDs and the potential for unwanted pregnancy. Teen pregnancy is both a possible effect of risky behaviors as well as a risk factor in itself. Teen pregnancy has been linked to higher rates of school dropout, as well as other socio-emotional risks.
To date, the rate of teen pregnancy is about 7. Nonetheless, this rate remains the highest in all the other developed countries e. Self-injurious Behaviors, Violence And Suicide Among teens, many of the most self-injurious behaviors are related to driving. Many injuries are exacerbated and deaths are caused by the failure to wear seat belts, being distracted by others in the car, talking on their cell phones, and texting.
Approximately 30 percent of youth nationwide report that they rarely or never wear seat belts.
The combination of alcohol use and driving also contributes to deaths among teens from car crashes. About 10 percent of teens report driving after drinking, and 36 percent admit riding in a car where the driver had been drinking.
Driving-related risk behaviors continue to be a serious problem during the teen years.
Fighting and aggression include another group of self-injurious behaviors. It is second to vehicular accidents as the leading cause of death among those years of age.
Nationally, 36 percent of teens report having been involved in physical fighting over the last year with males 43 percent outnumbering females 28 percent dramatically. Similarly, both males and females reported carrying a weapon or a gun 19 percent nationallyhowever males 29 percent outnumbered females 7 percent significantly.
Finally, suicide is one of the highest risk behaviors among youth today. Close to 17 percent almost one out of every five of youth report having considered suicide within the past year and 13 percent actually planned it national and state numbers are similar. Suicide now is the third leading cause of death among those ageswith 86 percent of those deaths from males, and 14 percent from females.
Background. In the United Kingdom people under the age of 25 years are at increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections. Most university students belong to this age group but little is known about their sexual behaviours. Psychiatric disorders, HIV infection, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, sexually transmitted diseases, skin diseases, malaria, malnutrition, diarrhoea and injuries including self-mutilation are the main causes of morbidity and mortality in prison. The overall rate of sexual activity declined by percent, and the number of pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases also fell in the last decade.
Substance Use Substance use is another group of behaviors that contribute to immediate as well as long-term damage. Drinking and cigarette smoking are among the most common in this group of behaviors.
Over 43 percent of youth nationwide report that they drink alcohol, and 26 percent of youth nationwide admit to heavy drinking five or more drinks in a row. Approximately 23 percent of teens admit to being cigarette smokers with 9. Like self-injurious behaviors, the prevalence of alcohol and cigarette use has decreased over the last few years, but nonetheless continues to be serious risks to adolescent health.
Illicit drug use is both a health and public concern because of the obvious negative physical effects it has on users. Effects of illicit drug use include, but are not limited to, brain damage and damage to major physical organs. It also has been linked to a host of other health compromising behaviors such as risky driving, engagement in high-risk sexual behaviors, and violence.
Recent estimates suggest that 22 percent of teens use marijuana and that 10 percent of teens used marijuana before the age of Approximately 3 percent use cocaine. In recent years, methamphetamine use has become a serious concern in the United States.
The low-cost of the drug and the ease at which many youth are able to access this substance have contributed significantly to its rapid spread.If you're heterosexual, from your teenage years on you've been hearing about two distinct dangers: accidental pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
But homosexuality leads to a whole host of different health problems that don't get their own chapter in the sex ed book. The Hidden Epidemic: Confronting Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: / The Hidden Epidemic: Confronting Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: / Condom use for disease prevention among unmarried . Psychiatric disorders, HIV infection, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, sexually transmitted diseases, skin diseases, malaria, malnutrition, diarrhoea and injuries including self-mutilation are the main causes of morbidity and mortality in prison.
As for addressing the perils of casual sex among college students, or for that matter, teens—problems such as unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and psychological trauma—school administrators offer sex education classes that favor the how-to’s or why-nots of sex.
The article presents an argument which claims that effective sex education may reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the U.S. the need for parents, teachers and medical groups to collaborate and support sex education programs is emphasized.
Feb 11, · Data on today’s youth reveal childhood clues for later risk of STDs. Health and medicine | News enjoy school, and have friends who stay out of trouble report fewer sexually transmitted diseases in young adulthood, according to a new analysis.
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