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COPE Findings

Individual Risk Factors (Sexual Risk)

  • More than 50% of respondents reported having sexual intercourse.
  • More than 35% of the students had sexual intercourse for the first time before the age of 16.
  • More than 20% of the survey participants have had more than 4 sexual partners.
  • More than 12% of the students stated that they were physically forced to have sexual intercourse against their will.

Individual Risk Factors (Alcohol and Drug use)

  • More than 50% of students reported using alcohol, with more than 20% claiming that they were younger than 13 years of age when they had their first alcoholic beverage.
  • Approximately 33% of the respondents felt that it would be very easy to obtain alcohol.
  • About 33% of the students drank alcohol within the past 30 days, and more than 20% admitted to drinking five or more drinks in a row within a couple of hours.
  • More than 20% of the students reported marijuana use.
  • More than 20% claimed that it would be very easy for them to obtain drugs like cocaine, LSD or methamphetamines.

Individual Risk Factors (Other)

  • More than 40% of the respondents reported feeling unhappy, sad, or depressed within the six months prior to the survey

Peer Risk Factors

  • More than half of the respondents have friends who are gang members.

Family Risk Factors

  • More than 25% of the students reported that there is a lack of communication among their family members.
  • More than 20% of the students reported verbal conflict in their families.

Community Risk Factors

  • More than 65% of the respondents acknowledged drug selling and crime in their neighborhoods.