Predictors of adolescent participation in sexually transmitted infection research: brief report

J Adolesc Health. 2008 Aug;43(2):195-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.01.020. Epub 2008 Apr 11.


We examined the effect of an institutional requirement for parental consent on adolescents' enrollment in a research study involving sexually transmitted infections. Fewer adolescents enrolled when parental consent was required compared with those who enrolled after this requirement was waived (79% vs. 94%, p = .01). Of the adolescents, 100% requested confidential test results. We conclude that requiring parental consent decreases participation in STI research.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Parental Consent*
  • Patient Selection*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases*
  • United States