Year of Publication



Public Health

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Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Katherine Eddens, MPH, PhD

Committee Member

Linda Alexander, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Richard Crosby, PhD


Abstract: At least one out of every three youth will acquire a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) by the time they reach 25 years old. Although this may be caused by a variety of factors, sexually-charged media are believed to play a significant role. In television, there are more sexually inaccurate messages than there are portrayals of sexually responsible behaviors. These messages are not only unrealistic, but they could potentially have negative effects on adolescent sexual behavior. Among these negative effects is failure to use condoms. When used correctly, male condoms are about 98% effective. Recommendations are presented to help address the issue of media influence on adolescent sexual behavior.

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