Socioeconomic status and self-reported gonorrhea among African American female adolescents

Catlainn Sionéan, Ralph J. Diclemente, Gina M. Wingood, Richard Crosby, Brenda K. Cobb, Kathy Harrington, Susan L. Davies, Edward W. Hook, M. Kim Oh

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Background: Socioeconomic status is often used to explain race differences in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), yet the independent association of socioeconomic status and STDs among adolescents has been understudied. Objective: To examine the associations between socioeconomic status and self-reported gonorrhea among black female adolescents, after controlling for sexual risk behaviors. Methods: Interviews and surveys were completed by 522 sexually active black adolescent females residing in low-income urban neighborhoods. Results: Adolescents whose parents were unemployed were more than twice as likely to report a history of gonorrhea, compared with those with employed parents. Adolescents living with two parents were less likely to report a history of gonorrhea. Conclusions: The results of this study indicate that gonorrhea is associated with low socioeconomic status among black adolescent females regardless of the level of sexual risk behaviors. Lower socioeconomic status may be an marker for risky sociosexual environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-239
Number of pages4
JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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