Understanding the role of perceived severity in STD-related care-seeking delays

Shayna D. Cunningham, Deanna Kerrigan, Kavita B. Pillay, Jonathan M. Ellen

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Purpose: To gain a more in-depth understanding of the relationship between perceived severity of symptoms and STD-related care-seeking behavior among adolescent African-American females in Baltimore City. Methods: Twenty-one female adolescents were interviewed in depth to elicit their experiences with an STD in the previous 3 months. Comparisons were made between those who sought care on account of their symptoms and those who did not. Results: High perceived seriousness about symptoms has both cognitive and emotional components that may function independently to either promote or delay STD-related care seeking. Conclusions: Both cognitive and emotional responses to STD symptoms must be considered when examining the effect of perceived severity on adolescents' STD-related care-seeking behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Perceived severity
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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