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Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

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HERNANDEZ MACHIN, Lidia Esther et al. Assessment of the level of knowledge of young adolescents about sexuality. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2014, vol.18, n.1, pp.33-44. ISSN 1561-3194.

Introduction: adolescence is a time of changes that occur rapidly, affecting the social, cultural, psychological, anatomical and physiological sphere. Objective: a descriptive, longitudinal study was conducted in order to assess the level of knowledge of young adolescents about sexuality at the community doctor´s office # 25. Material and methods: the universe was composed of adolescents who live in the area of the office and agreed to participate, 119 in total, and the sample was of 62 adolescents who met inclusion and exclusion criteria. The variables contained in the questionnaire were analyzed applied to the results; we applied the statistical method to determine the degree of significance. Results: most adolescents had more than 14 years of age and were female. They received sexual information for more than 2 ways, followed by friends, parents and teachers. More than half of them have had intercourse, highlighting the group of 16-19 years, and 15 years, and a lot of teens reported first sexual intercourse. The best known contraceptive was the condom; the majority of them had contraceptive sexual intercourse. Conclusions: knowledge related to sexuality and teenage pregnancy through the implementation of the educational intervention increased and thus they were preparing for a healthy and responsible sexuality.

Keywords : Health knowledge; attitudes and practice; Sexuality; Adolescent.

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