Kristy Martyn, RN, PhD, CS, CPNP, is an Assistant Professor, FNP and PNP Track Co-Coordinator, and a family and pediatric nurse practitioner at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.
Adolescent Sexual Risk Assessment
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2003 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 48, Issue 3, pages 213–219, May-June 2003
How to Cite
Martyn, K. K. and Martin, R. (2003), Adolescent Sexual Risk Assessment. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 48: 213–219. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(03)00064-3
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- adolescent female;
- risk behavior;
- risk assessment
This article describes the use of a self-administered event history calendar and interviews about sexual partners, sexual activity, and contraception within the broader context of the adolescent's life. Constant comparative analysis was used to analyze the event history calendar interview data. Detailed 5- to 9-year sexual histories were obtained on the event history calendars, including patterns of sexual activity progression and triggers for unintended sexual intercourse. Discussions of protective and risky sexual decision making were stimulated by adolescents' self-report of sexual risk behavior in their own words and reflective responses on the event history calendar. Both the adolescents and the interviewers thought the calendars encouraged recall and discussion of sexual risk behavior.