Sexual Health Advice given on Popular Web-based Magazine Sites targeting Adolescent Women
Advisor:von Sadovszky, Victoria
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Honors Theses; 2015
Adolescent women are at greatest risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sexual risk behaviors are the most common cause of transmission of STIs in adolescent and young women. The primary source of information that adolescents will use for health information is the web; however, little is known about the type of content available on popular web sites specifically targeting adolescents. The purpose of this study was to examine the sexual advice posted on four popular magazine sites adolescent women frequent. Four web-based magazine sites were chosen based on rankings from amazon.com. An adaptation of PRISMA guidelines was used to guide the methods of this study. The word “sex” was typed into the search box on each website. All link titles appearing from the search were examined for inclusion into the study. Inclusion criteria were any advice or articles related to: 1) sexual health/STIs, 2) sexual/romantic relationship content, and 3) sexual behaviors. A total of 541 links were found and 158 met the inclusion criteria. Data analysis is in process. All data are being content analyzed using Neuendorf’s content analysis technique for types of advice presented around STIs, sexual health, sexual behaviors, and romantic relationships. Descriptive statistics will be used to summarize findings in each category.
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