Adolescent females whose mothers do
not vocalize disapproval of them having sex face a higher odd of
being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection or disease.
An analysis of Add
Health data found that adolescents'' previous infection with an STD
was the most likely predictor of subsequent infection. Therefore,
teaching preventative behaviors to adolescents newly diagnosed with
an STD would be an effective means of preventing further infection.
The study also found that girls whose mothers did not disapprove of
their daughters having sex were more likely to report having an STD.
Girls who reported that adults care about them were one-third less
likely to report having an STD. Notably, condom use at first or most
recent intercourse had no bearing on reported STDs.1
Prediction of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Adolescents:
Results from a National Survey, American Journal of Preventative
Medicine, 2000, 18 (4).