The influence of urban literature on African-American adolescent girls' sexual behaviors.

William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA.
Journal of National Black Nurses' Association: JNBNA 07/2011; 22(1):36-42.
Source: PubMed


Many African-American teenaged girls are reading urban literature. This genre of literature is known for its gritty portrayal of urban life and has themes of violence, promiscuity, substance abuse and misogyny. Although research has demonstrated that the portrayal of sex and violence in the media are influential on adolescent sexual behavior, to date there has been little research on the influence of "urban lit" on adolescent sexual risk behaviors. This qualitative study explores the influence of urban literature on the sexual risk behaviors among a group of African-American adolescent girls. Findings from this study suggest that African-American adolescent girls may be influenced by the sexual themes depicted in this genre of literature. Additional research is needed to gain a greater understanding of this phenomon.

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