More out of school youth needed for adolescent survey

POSTED: 10/25/11 2:28 PM

St. Maarten – The Emory University Research Team began their voluntary adolescent survey at seven participating secondary schools 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. The survey is for youth between the ages of 13 to 19 and will also include focus group discussions.
In a statement Section General Public Health called on former high school students to sign-up to do the computerized and confidential survey. Young people who are underage will have to sign up with their parent’s permission and can participate in the study during the evening hours. Interested parents and former students should contact CPS Eva de Weever or Maria Henry at 542-2078 or 542-3003 for further information.
The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports are working with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Emory University, St. Maarten Aids Foundation and local stakeholders to carry out the survey in order to get an overview of the issues that might affect young people’s, ages 13-19. The general objective is to enhance the understanding of factors that influence the health and wellness of young persons, with the emphasis on HIV, sexual and reproductive health.
The information derived from the survey will lead to the development of targeted interventions and serve as a baseline. The survey will assess protective and risk factors related to the health and wellness of young persons and their knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of young people related to HIV, sexuality and other sexual and reproductive health issues.

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