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J Adolesc Health. 2005 Jul;37(1):69-74.

Understanding the role of perceived severity in STD-related care-seeking delays.

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Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To gain a more in-depth understanding of the relationship between perceived severity of symptoms and STD-related care-seeking behavior among adolescent African-American females in Baltimore City.

METHODS:

Twenty-one female adolescents were interviewed in depth to elicit their experiences with an STD in the previous 3 months. Comparisons were made between those who sought care on account of their symptoms and those who did not.

RESULTS:

High perceived seriousness about symptoms has both cognitive and emotional components that may function independently to either promote or delay STD-related care seeking.

CONCLUSIONS:

Both cognitive and emotional responses to STD symptoms must be considered when examining the effect of perceived severity on adolescents' STD-related care-seeking behaviors.

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