Adolescents' willingness to use a school-based clinic in view of expressed health concerns

Suzanne Riggs, Tina Cheng

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A health needs assessment was developed to facilitate implementation of a comprehensive school-based adolescent clinic. Students were asked about their willingness to use a school-based clinic for certain health and emotional problems. Six hundred students in grades 9 through 12 completed anonymous self-administered questionnaires. Twenty-eight percent of respondents reported recently feeling depressed; 12% reported a prior suicide attempt. Twenty-five percent of students felt they were overweight. Of 56% who had experienced intercourse at least once, only one third had ever used birth control. Twenty-one percent smoked cigarettes and 27% marijuana, 24% used other drugs, and 38% used alcohol. Students who reported depression and past suicide attempts were significantly (p ≤ 0.001) more willing to use the clinic for counseling needs than students not so reporting. Those with perceived weight problems reported more willingness to use a school clinic for nutrition information than those who did not feel overweight. Currently sexually active students were also more willing (p ≤ 0.001) than nonsexually active students to use the clinic for sexuality information and sexually transmitted disease screens. Respondents who used drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes, however, were no more willing than nonsubstance-using peers to use clinic services for relevant health information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • School-based clinic Health needs assessment Utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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