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Sex Education among Asian American College Females: Who is teaching them and what is being taught

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Presented manuscript findings at the Southern California Sexual Health Summit, Los Angeles, CA. February 15, 2012.

Presented manuscript findings at the Southern California Sexual Health Summit, Los Angeles, CA. February 15, 2012.

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  • 1. SEX EDUCATION AMONG ASIAN AMERICAN COLLEGE FEMALES: WHO IS TEACHING THEM AND WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT Southern California Sexual Health Summit February 15, 2012 Los Angeles, CAWednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 2. AUTHORS Christine Lee, Denise Tran, Deanna Thoi, Melissa Chang, Lisa Wu, & Sang Leng Trieu in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (currently in press)Wednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 3. WHY ASIAN AMERICANS? Sex as taboo topic in Asian cultures Generally prohibitive messaging Only 0.2% of federal-health grants to Asian American issues Asian Americans are 5% of the US population Asian Americans are least likely to use birth control Nearly 4 in 10 Asian American females will have unprotected sex in their lifeWednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 4. METHODS Online survey conducted through SurveyMonkey Random sampling of 5000 full-time undergraduate females, 18-25 years of age Questions included topics on: Demographics Contraceptive choice Association with Religion Views on abortion Sex Education Sex selection Sexual history Reproductive TechnologyWednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 5. DEMOGRAPHICS Age (N=455) Ethnicity (N=455) Vietnamese 25% Age 21-25 Age 18-20 31% Chinese Filipina 69% 46% 18% Korean 11% Table IWednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 6. SOURCES OF ABSTINENCE EDUCATION BY ETHNICITY 100 Chinese Vietnamese Filipina Korean Percent of Respondents 75 50 25 0 Family School HCP* Social* [*] HCP = Health Care Provider; Social = friends & media Table IIWednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 7. SOURCES OF BIRTH CONTROL EDUCATION BY ETHNICITY 100 Chinese Vietnamese Filipina Korean Percent of Respondents 75 50 25 0 Family School HCP* Social* [*] HCP = Health Care Provider; Social = friends & media Table IIWednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 8. AGE OF SEXUAL DEBUT BY ETHNICITY s se s ic s as se ame an an ite p h ipin ne etn i i re is il h C V o H W F K Age 16.0 16.4 16.8 17.2 17.6 18.0Wednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 9. AGE OF SEXUAL DEBUT BY TOPIC & SOURCE OF EDUCATION Age of Sexual Debut Yes No Abstinence Family 17.6 17.1 School 17.2 17.9 Health Care Provider 17.4 17.4 Social 17.3 17.4 Birth Control Family 17.9 17.3 School 17.3 17.5 Health Care Provider 17.4 17.4 Social 17.5 17.3 Table IVWednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 10. RECOMMENDATIONS Further disaggregation of data Survey young Asian American men, encouraging better decision-making between heterosexual couples Promote more culturally sensitive ways of educating Asian Americans Encourage healthcare providers to be more proactive with sex educationWednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 11. QUESTIONS FOR US?Wednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 12. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS How can this data be utilized by your organization? In your line of work, have you discovered similar or contrasting findings? What are some other effective ways of reaching out to underserved/understudied populations?Wednesday, February 15, 2012
  • 13. CONTACT US University of California, Irvine Department of Asian American Studies Denise Tran Christine Lee deniseyentran@gmail.com christine@gicus.com 858/537-7917 408/207-7816Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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