Teens and Unprotected Sex

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Does unprotected sex lead to sexually transmitted diseases in teens?

Claudia LeMay & Madeline Munoz
Research Methods, HA-450-05
Professor C. Brown
March 19, 2013
ABSTRACT
Sexual activities amongst teenagers in the United States are on the rise. The issue isn't necessarily the morality of the sexual relations; it's the disease that can be spread without following safe sex through the use of protection. Using protection isn't a guarantee that all sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) will be prevented, it significantly reduces the risk. This study attempts to see why teenagers engage in such risky behavior. The factors that make up their environment and the influence of society will be examined in a literature review. In addition, a study conducted through interviews with teenagers utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods will demonstrate that many teenagers aren't quite aware of the seriousness of their actions. The solutions to the issue are quite complicated, but better educational programs, the continued promotion of safe sex, and providing modern and relevant guidance, will hopefully help to fix the problem.

Term Paper Outline
Abstract
Table of Contents
List of Tables ……………………………………………………………………………………………iv List of Figures …………………………………………………………………………………………..v Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study
Background (on the variables) ……………………………………………………… 1
Problem ………………………………………………………………………………………..
Research Question and Hypothesis ………………………………………………..
Purpose of the Research ………………………………………………………………..
Theoretical Framework ………………………………………………………………… Definitions …………………………………………………………………………………… Assumptions, Limitations, and Delimitations ………………………………… Significance of Study ……………………………………………………………………..

Chapter 2: Literature Review
Variable X
Variable Y
Variable X and Y

Chapter 3: Research Methodology
Research Design and Approach
Setting and Sample
Study Population
Selection of Participants
Characteristics of Participants
Eligibility Criteria of Study Participants
Instruments and Materials
Dependent Variable(s)
Independent Variable(s)
Data Analysis
Protection of Participants
Summary

Chapter 4: Results
Descriptive Statistics of Participants
Descriptive Statistics of Dependent Variable(s)
Descriptive Statistics of Independent Variable(s)
Bivariate Analysis
Multivariate Analysis

Chapter 5: Discussion, Recommendations, and Conclusion
Interpretation of Findings
Limitations and Strengths of the Study
Recommendations for Future Study
Conclusion
References
Appendix
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study
The correlation between sexually-transmitted diseases and unprotected sex is an issue that has dominated Western societies for many years, especially in a country as large and diverse as the United States. Teenagers are becoming much more active in recent times, which have exponentially increased the risk of the spread of STDs. In the United States, there are a significant amount of factors that play into why teenagers are becoming more sexually active, but perhaps the biggest seems to be a change in society in the macro sense. With society exposing children to sex at a younger age, the logical correlation is that it will lead to more sexually active teens. In addition, socio-economic status and the level of education play a major role. A lack of education about the benefits of using protection can lead to the spreading of disease. It is becoming an increasing epidemic at all levels of society. Religion, namely Christianity, has attempted to fight back against it in the United States, but as one will see, it is only aiding the problem, not helping to solve it. Facing the realities of the modern environment can help sociologists and educators work towards coming up with realistic solutions. Today’s globalized world is much different compared to fifty years ago.

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