STDs More Common among Teens in Single-Parent Homes
Adolescents living in two-parent home were less likely to report
ever having had an STD.
An analysis of Add Health data examined reported diagnosis of STDs
among sexually-active teens – black, white, male, and female.
Reported STDs were more common among adolescents not living in
two-parent homes. Lower family income was only associated with STDs
in the case of black males. Lower maternal education and
nonprofessional maternal occupation were linked to higher STD rates
in all groups but white females. Overall, the study concludes that
socio-economic status is only a weak to moderate indicator of
adolescent STD risks. The relationship between socio-economic status
and STDs varies across race-gender groups.1
Socioeconomic Status and Self-Reported Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Among Black and White American Adolescents,
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Vol. 31, No. 9, 2004, pp. 533-541.