Purpose To examine the accuracy of Hispanic parents' beliefs about their adolescents' use of condoms and oral contraceptives.
Design Cross-sectional survey.
Setting The UCLA/Les Kelley Family Health Center.
Study Participants Hispanic parents of adolescents (12-19 years old).
Methods A written survey assessed parental beliefs about the effectiveness, safety, and usability of condoms and oral contraceptives.
Preliminary Results Subject recruitment is currently in progress. To date, nine parents have participated in the survey. Sixty-seven percent of participants believe that condoms are very effective for STD prevention. Seventy-eight percent believe that condoms are very effective for pregnancy prevention when used consistently and correctly. Seventy-eight percent believe that oral contraceptive use prevents pregnancy all the time when used consistently and correctly, and 56% think that the pill is very safe to use. However, none of the parents believe that most teenagers are capable of using either condoms or oral contraceptives correctly.
Plan Enrol another clinic in the study protocol, Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center. This clinic is located in south Los Angeles and serves a patient population that is over 50% Hispanic. We plan to collect an additional 91 surveys over the next 3 months.
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