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Citation

Lee SJ, Rotheram-Borus MJ. J. Sch. Health 2009; 79(8): 347-354.

Affiliation

University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. sjlee@mednet.ucla.edu

Copyright

(Copyright © 2009, American School Health Association, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/j.1746-1561.2009.00420.x

PMID

19630868

PMCID

PMC2818149

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Asian/Pacific Islander (API) students have been stereotyped as the "model minority." The objective of this study was to examine the trends in health risk behaviors among API students who participated in the San Diego City Schools Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) between 1993 and 2005. METHODS: High school students from the San Diego City School District completed the self-administered YRBS between 1993 and 2005. Among sexually active students, logistic regression for survey data was used to examine trends in health risk behaviors. RESULTS: From 1993 to 2005, condom use at last sexual intercourse was consistently lower among API students than their cross-ethnic peers. We observed a significant increasing trend in lifetime smoking, drinking, and marijuana use. Parental communications regarding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were significantly less frequent and decreased over time. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings challenge the notion of API youth being the "model minority." API students face unique challenges, including barriers to good communication about sex and lower rates of condom use. School-based prevention programs are needed for API students, including a focus on HIV communication with parents.


Language: en

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