The effects of school poverty on adolescents’ sexual health knowledge

Citation

Atkins, Robert; Sulik, Michael J.; Hart, Daniel; Ayres, Cynthia; & Read, Nichole (2012). The effects of school poverty on adolescents' sexual health knowledge. Research in Nursing and Health. vol. 35 (3) pp. 231-241 , PMCID: PMC3348397

Abstract

Using National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health data, hierarchical linear modeling was conducted to estimate the association of school poverty concentration to the sexual health knowledge of 6,718 adolescents. Controlling for individual socio-economic status, school poverty had modest negative effects on sexual health knowledge. Although not directly associated with sexual health knowledge, after controlling for demographic characteristics, school poverty interactions showed that sexual health knowledge was associated with higher grade point average (GPA) and age. The combination of low GPA and high-levels of school poverty was especially detrimental for students' sexual health knowledge. There are differences in the sexual health knowledge of adolescents attending low poverty and high poverty schools that can be attributed to the school environment.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nur.21471

Keyword(s)

School

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Research in Nursing and Health

Author(s)

Atkins, Robert
Sulik, Michael J.
Hart, Daniel
Ayres, Cynthia
Read, Nichole

Year Published

2012

Volume Number

35

Issue Number

3

Pages

231-241

DOI

10.1002/nur.21471

PMCID

PMC3348397

NIHMSID

NIHMS363402

Reference ID

1599