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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

An Initial Validation of an Instrument to Measure Sexual Readiness

As the nation progresses into the 21st century, many problems face the teenagers of this country. One of the most serious is premature sexual intercourse and the consequences associated with early sexual activity. A national objective for the year 2010 is to increase to 95% the proportion of adolescents who abstain from sexual intercourse or use condoms is currently active. The pupose of this study was to test an instrument created by Kirschenbaum (1998) entitled, "Are You Ready for Sex? A Personal Inventory," for content and construct validity. This inventory includes five major categories and questions related to each category regarding sexual readiness. The readiness categories are: psycholoigical; relationship; choice of a partner; knowledge about sex, risks and protection; and the ability to handle consequences. A personal questionnaire was also administered that included demographic data and outcome measures of health and relationship outcomes and health risk behaviors. The hypothesis of this study is that higher levels of sexual readiness at the onset of sex will lead to more positive health outcomes.

Presenter: Marlaine Mangels (Faculty)
Topic: Nursing
Location: 218 Lennon
Time: 9 am (Session I)