CHARLES E. IRWIN Jr., M.D.; SUSAN G. MILLSTEIN, M.S.
Adolescents who use tampons represent the population most susceptible to toxic shock syndrome. We surveyed 714 adolescents from two high schools and three hospital-based clinics to examine patterns of tampon use before and after media coverage on toxic shock syndrome. Predictors of behavior change in adolescent users of tampons were examined in the context of a theoretical model of preventive health behavior. Subjects were 168 adolescents, ages 13 to 19 (mean age, 15.19; mean gynecologic age, 3.4); 50% of the subjects were white; 19%, Asian; 16% black; 7%, Hispanic; and 6%, other. After extensive publicity on toxic shock syndrome, 33.9% of the subjects changed their habits of tampon use; 27.5% stopped using tampons and 6% decreased their use of tampons. Linear logistic regression analyses identified two factors that distinguished adolescents who decreased or stopped use of tampons after publicity on toxic shock syndrome from those who did not: greater likelihood of Rely tampon (Procter & Gamble) use before publicity (p = 0.014) and the belief that they were especially susceptible to toxic shock syndrome (p = 0.013).
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IRWIN CE, MILLSTEIN SG. Predictors of Tampon Use in Adolescents After Media Coverage of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1982;96:966–968. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-966
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_Part_2):966-968.
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