Examining the sexual risk -taking behavior of young African-American adults living in rural southeastern communities as measured by the National Survey of Teens' and Young Adults' Sexual Attitudes and Behavior
This research study examined the sexual risk-taking behavior of young African-American adults living in rural South Carolina. Communities that were included in this study are Hopkins, Eastover, and Gadsden, South Carolina. Independent variables that were considered are gender, age, parent-respondent communication, parent's educational level, parent's marital status, and parent's religious preference. The researcher, Ken Roach, mailed an anonymous self-administered survey to the local career center to adults who were between the ages of 18 and 21 years old that were enrolled in career enhancement classes at the career center. Participants were asked to mail back their signed Informed Consent Form and survey in a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The sample design was designed to allow separate analyses, where possible, of respondents 18--19 and 20--21. The study employed independent sample t-tests and Pearson correlation coefficients to address the relationship between sexual risk-taking behaviors and the independent variables mentioned above. Young Adults who reported that they were engaging or abstaining from sexual risk-taking behaviors were categorized as non, low, or high-sexual risk-takers. Respondents who reported more communication with their parents had lower scores on the measure of sexual risk taking.
0325: African Americans