Sexual Risk Assessment Using Event History Calendars With Male and Female Adolescents

Kristy K. Martyn, Melissa A. Saftner, Cynthia S. Darling-Fisher, Melanie C. Schell

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Introduction: The purpose of this study was to explore male and female adolescents' perceptions of and differences in Event History Calendar (EHC) sexual risk assessment in a clinical setting. Method: This study is a secondary analysis exploring male and female qualitative data from a mixed methods study of adolescent and provider communication. Participants included 30 sexually active 15- to 19-year-old male (n = 11) and female (n = 19) patients at a school-linked clinic. The adolescents completed a pre-clinic visit EHC and then discussed it with a nurse practitioner during their visit. The adolescents shared their perceptions of the EHCs in a post-clinic visit interview. Results: Constant comparative analyses revealed gender differences in: (a) adolescents' perceptions of how EHCs helped report, reflect on, and discuss sexual risk histories; (b) how adolescents self-administered EHCs; and (c) the histories they reported. Discussion: The EHC was well received by both male and female adolescents, resulting in a more complete sexual risk history disclosure. Self-administration of the EHC is recommended for all adolescents, but further sexual risk assessment by nurse practitioners who use EHCs is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-469
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Adolescents
  • Gender
  • Sexual risk assessment


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