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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2011 Mar-Apr;40(2):217-24. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01217.x. Epub 2011 Feb 1.

The sexual safety of adolescents.

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Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing in Chestnut Hill, MA, USA. heidi.collins.1@bc.edu

Abstract

In this article, the authors review issues that affect the sexual safety of adolescents. First and foremost, these issues include risks for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Clinicians also need to understand other critical issues that affect sexual safety. These include adolescent dating patterns, decision making, communication and negotiation skills, social and environmental influences, and risks related to violence. Suggestions for clinical interventions to promote sexual safety are discussed.

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