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Sexual Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Youth Living in Group Homes

Roy F. Oman, PhD, FAAHB; Sara K. Vesely, PhD; Jennifer Green, PhD; Janene Fluhr, MS; Jean Williams, MPH
Health Behavior and Policy Review
February 2018


The purpose of this study was to report sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of system-involved youth living in group homes, and when appropriate, contrast these data with equivalent national data. Methods: Data were collected from a sample of racially/ethnically diverse youth (N= 1036, 79% male, Mean age=16.1 years).


Youth living in out-of-home care can benefit from programs that provide skills enabling them to reduce sexual risk-taking and prevent pregnancy.


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