Respondents reported a mean of 4. For example, alternative schools are often small and have many staff members providing condoms. Furthermore, another study demonstrated that upon implementation of a condom distribution program, there was no change in the percentage of males or females who had engaged in sexual intercourse.
Three program characteristics were highly related to the number of condoms obtained by students. The two methods of prevention are absolutely not mutually exclusive nor detrimental to one another; schools simply have the wisdom and experience to predict the behaviour of students and realize abstinence will never be the choice of all students and wisely present another option: Unlike many condom availability programs, this one did not require parental consent, so all students were allowed to take condoms.
I am convinced that if teenagers openly received condoms in school instead of in bathrooms or from friends who have had them in their pockets for months, they would be more willing to use them.
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Forty-seven percent failed to use a condom. Shortly before the follow-up survey was administered, a group of parents contended that specific questions about students' sexual activities were inappropriate and threatened the welfare of students exposed to the survey, and also argued that the active consent process was inadequate.
Some positive aspects of providing condoms included that providing condoms could reduce incidence of unwanted, teenage pregnancy and the spread of STDs. Although we cannot rule out this possibility, we found generally low correlations between the factors included in the regression model used for the weighting procedure and the sexual behaviors measured at baseline.
The survey covered lifetime history of vaginal intercourse, as well as history of vaginal intercourse during the prior year; for other sexual activity, questions covered experiences during the prior year.
In other schools or school districts, records either were not kept or were too unreliable.
Respondents used school records to report the number of students enrolled in the school at the time of the interview. Therefore, we used these four possibilities to identify school condom availability programs. Our quantitative data cannot explain why schools with health centers provided many more condoms than other schools.
Only 12 schools had condoms in vending machines; thus, these results should be interpreted with caution. For the follow-up survey, the research team used active consent parents signed a form to allow their children to participateafter discussions with some parents in the district who preferred active consent and with the approval of the superintendent.
However, the amount of probing on different topics varied with the respondent's specialty. Brown First published online: Similarity in results across the two studies is encouraging, especially because the study designs have different limitations: A few schools require the students and nurses to sign a form verifying that the counseling was provided.
If other factors did influence participation, and if these factors were correlated with the outcome variables, then weighting would not adjust for the bias introduced by differential nonresponse.
Many limited condom distribution by requiring passive or active parental consent, by requiring counseling, by making condoms available only during selected times or by limiting the number that can be taken at one time.
The authors are indebted to the students, parents, school and district personnel and school board members who Disclaimer. Upon further inspection and reading the HHS report itself, it is clear the website in question is not immune to bias.
Just as a pro side of condom availability is that condom use will become the norm, a con side of the argument is that sexual activity in general will become the norm.
Estimates of the number of condoms obtained by students typically were taken from records or counts. More rigorous examination of the combined impact of condom provision and of other supportive educational interventions in the schools is especially important.
Sample Approximately 2, students were enrolled in the school at the time of the survey. Even if the program were directly responsible for all of the changes we observed, local factors can affect reactions to any new program, and generalization to other school districts should be done with restraint.
School condom availability programs have been promoted as a promising approach for increasing condom use among students, for reducing the risk of infections with the human immunodeficiency virus and with other sexually transmitted diseases and for preventing unintended pregnancy.
Response / Why Schools Should Make Condoms Available to Teenagers. But public high schools are the best place to provide sex education and make condoms available to teenagers—that's where the teenagers are, and that's where there are adults who are trained and willing to counsel them.
moral high school students that Thomas Lickona and. Condoms should be distributed to high school students to ensure safety, knowledge, and success. Distributing condoms to high school students can ensure safe sex.
Condoms are one of the safest contraception methods to use. Condom Conundrum: Should Condoms be Available in Schools? Michelle Reising. Date: 11/16/ Introduction. The issue of sex education has long been a controversial one.
With the same sexual activity among senior high students in both cities (NYC, percent; Chicago, percent), sexually active students in New York, where there is a condom availability program, were more likely to report using a condom at last intercourse than were those in Chicago, where condoms are not available in school ( to School condom availability programs have engendered both strong support and strong opposition.
a Santa Monica high school with approximately 2, students distributed 1, condoms per month. 9 Each of five Baltimore schools with school-based clinics Although a goal of many advocates of school condom distribution .Distributing condoms to high school students