What has been the impact of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases on the lives of young people? Youth, AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases provides a comprehensive overview of research and policy in this increasingly important area.
The book describes the world-wide incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents and examines how their sexual behaviour has changed as a result of the threat of AIDS. It also looks at young people's knowledge and attitudes about their own sexual health, as well as the usefulness of models in predicting those at risk. The authors also discuss the effectiveness of institutional policies in educating young people and in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
Youth, AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases will be of considerable benefit to health care providers, sex educators and all those who work with and study adolescents.
Table of Contents
Notes on the authors -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1 The scope of the problem: 'Taking a chance on love' -- 2 Youths' sexual behaviour -- 3 Understanding the risk: Young people's knowledge of and attitudes towards STDs -- 4 Predicting sexual risk taking: Theoretical frameworks -- 5 Myths and stereotypes: Young people's decisions to have and not to have safe sex -- 6 A matter of policy -- 7 Preventing STDs through education -- 8 Living with sexually transmissible disease -- 9 Conclusion -- References -- Index.
Susan Moore holds the position of Inaugural Chair in Psychology at Victoria University of Technology. She holds a PhD from Florida State University, and BSc (Hons) and MEd degrees from the University of Melbourne. Her research is chiefly in the area of adolescent risktaking and health, in particular adolescent sexual risk-taking and its implications with respect to HIV/AIDS. Professor Moore has held several major research grants, and published over fifty articles in refereed journals , as well as the book Sexuality in Adolescence, coauthored with Professor Doreen Rosenthal. She has worked as a school counsellor and taught in universities for over twenty-five years. Doreen Rosenthal is the Foundation Director of the Centre for the Study of Sexually Transmissible Diseases, La Trobe University, and Director of the Program in the General Community/Youth area of the National Centre in HIV Social Research. She holds a BA (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Professor Rosenthal is a developmental psychologist and an international expert in the field of adolescent sexuality. For the past seven years, Professor Rosenthal has been involved in a programme of research on adolescent risktaking and HIV /AIDS. Her interests include gender and the social construction of sexuality. She is co-author, with Susan Moore, of Sexuality in Adolescence, and has published over a hundred articles on adolescent development. Anne Mitchell has a background in high-school teaching and adult education and has now been working in the field of HIV/AIDS education and sexual health for over ten years. She has worked in the policy development area of health promotion in the Victorian Health Department, and has a Master's degree in the area of women's health. Her current position is as Community Liaison Officer with the Centre for the Study of STDs at La Trobe University, where she has the responsibility of developing and maintaining effective links between researchers and the community. This involves the running of inservice education for teachers and health professionals, ensuring research outcomes are available in straightforward language for community members and organising public seminars and forums.