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Creating a Desire for Change: Part 4: Action

MI science staff, June 2016

The fourth stage in the Transtheoretical Model of change is action. In this stage an individual has made specific, observable changes in their lifestyle within the past 6 months in moving toward behavioral change. A … Read the rest

IUD Usage in Adolescents

Marilyn Henderson, RN and Freda M. Bush, MD : 2015

A recently released policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, encourages Pediatricians to counsel adolescent patients regarding contraception in order of effectiveness.  The most effective contraception is the … Read the rest

Creating a Desire for Change: Part 3

Medical Institute Science Staff: May 2016

This article is the third part of MI’s series on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change. Our previous articles focused on the pre-contemplative and the contemplative stages of readiness for change. The third stage … Read the rest

Creating a Desire for Change : Part 2

MI Science Staff: April 2016

In March, our science article introduced the Transtheoretical Model for Behavioral Change as a viable model for changing risky sexual behavior. Only the first of six stages of “readiness for change” was visited in that … Read the rest

Creating a Desire for Change: Part 1

MI Science Staff: March 2016

For a number of years now, the Transtheoretical Model of Health Behavior Change has been used in health care settings to help bring about positive behavioral changes, such as weight loss and smoking and alcohol … Read the rest

Women Who Have Sex with Women (WSW): STI Risks

December 2015 MI Science Staff

A survey on sexual behavior in the United States that was collected from 2006-2008, showed that about 13% of females had some sort of same sex intimate contact at some time in their life. 1Read the rest

A Risk Avoidance Education Program Successfully Reduces Sexual Initiation/Experience.

Early initiation of sexual activity in adolescents is associated with consequences that include unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and increased sexual risk behaviors such as multiple sexual partners.1,2 Risk avoidance has been shown to be effective in delaying … Read the rest

Fewer at-risk women getting tested for chlamydia.

There are 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the US every year. Even though young people make up only a quarter of the sexually active population, half of all these infections occur in young people aged 15 -24.… Read the rest

Associated factors in sexual risk taking; parental involvement important.

Initiation of sexual risk taking and activity in adolescents can be preceded by certain associated factors. Some factors have been identified to be predictive of adolescent transition from being sexually abstinent to engaging in risky sexual activity like oral sex … Read the rest

HPV infection linked to heart disease in women.

Research has shown that high blood pressure, cigarette smoking and diabetes are important contributors to the development of cardiovascular (heart) disease. About 1 in 5 individuals with heart disease do not have any of the conventional risk factors.1 Therefore; … Read the rest