Perceptions of sexual abstinence among high-risk early and middle adolescents.

  title={Perceptions of sexual abstinence among high-risk early and middle adolescents.},
  author={Mary A Ott and Elizabeth J Pfeiffer and J. Dennis Fortenberry},
  journal={The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine},
  volume={39 2},
PURPOSE Sexual abstinence has become the primary response to adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention. However, most abstinence programs are based on adult ideas of abstinence, and little is known about how adolescents themselves conceptualize sexual abstinence. METHODS In this qualitative study, we conducted semi-structured exploratory interviews with 42 adolescents aged 11-17 years recruited from primary care clinics. RESULTS We observed marked confusion… CONTINUE READING