This study explored associations between family-related measures and sexually transmitted disease (STD) history among 170 pregnant African American adolescent females, 14 to 20 years of age, attending prenatal care clinics in a large urban area of the South. Measures of low family support and infrequent mother-daughter communication were significant bivariate correlates of having at least one STD. Mother-daughter communication about preventing acquired immune deficiency syndrome remained significant in a multivariate model. The study also explored barriers to STD care-seeking behavior and found that few adolescents perceived access or financial issues as reasons to delay entry into the medical system. Low perceived family support was marginally associated with greater perceived barriers to STD care.
- African American
- Barriers to care
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health