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Copies of the study, "Self-Concept and Adolescents? Refusal of Unprotected Sex: A Test of Mediating Mechanisms Among African American Girls," published in the September issue of Prevention Science, can be ordered online.

African-American girls with positive perceptions of themselves are able to refuse unwanted and unprotected sex more often than their peers with negative self-images, a recent Emory University study found.

The results of the study of 335 sexually active African-American adolescent girls suggest that programs aimed at preventing sexually transmitted diseases may be more effective with that group of girls if they focus on body image and self-esteem.

Vol. 24, Issue 02, Page 19

Published in Print: September 8, 2004, as Sex Education

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