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J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Feb;29(1):22-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2015.05.008. Epub 2015 Jun 3.

Information about Sexual Health on Crisis Pregnancy Center Web Sites: Accurate for Adolescents?

Author information

1
Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Electronic address: katelynbc@gmail.com.
2
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
3
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health, Bronx, New York.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to evaluate the quality and accuracy of sexual health information on crisis pregnancy center Web sites listed in state resource directories for pregnant women, and whether these Web sites specifically target adolescents.

DESIGN:

A survey of sexual health information presented on the Web sites of crisis pregnancy centers.

SETTING:

Internet.

PARTICIPANTS:

Crisis pregnancy center Web sites.

INTERVENTIONS:

Evaluation of the sexual health information presented on crisis pregnancy center Web sites.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Themes included statements that condoms are not effective, promotion of abstinence-only education, availability of comprehensive sexual education, appeal to a young audience, provision of comprehensive sexual health information, and information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

Crisis pregnancy center Web sites provide inaccurate and misleading information about condoms, STIs, and methods to prevent STI transmission. This information might be particularly harmful to adolescents, who might be unable to discern the quality of sexual health information on crisis pregnancy center Web sites. Listing crisis pregnancy centers in state resource directories might lend legitimacy to the information on these Web sites. States should be discouraged from listing Web sites as an accurate source of information in their resource directories.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent; Contraception; Crisis pregnancy center; Reproductive health

PMID:
26493590
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpag.2015.05.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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