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The McCreary Centre Society, however, defines youth as individuals between the ages of 12 and 18 (10), and the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness considers those under the age of 18 to be children and those between 18 and 25 to be youth (11).
Moreover, youth may be involved in what the McCreary Centre Society calls the "street lifestyle"--"panhandling, involved in the sex trades, selling or using drugs, or engaging in criminal activities" (12)--without actually being homeless.
The British Columbia Adolescent Health Survey (BCAHS) is a periodic cluster-stratified province-wide survey of youth in school conducted by the McCreary Centre Society (
* A comparative report of the trends evident in three large-scale studies of 72,000 students in grades 7-12 in British Columbia (in 1992, 1998, 2003) found that gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth, when compared with their heterosexual peers, were more likely to report a history of abuse and are six times more likely to attempt suicide (Tonkin, Murphy, Lees, Saewyc, & The McCreary Centre Society, 2005).
Province, British Columbia, Canada: McCreary Centre Society.
The McCreary Centre Society. Raven's Children II: Aboriginal Youth Health in BC.
Depending on the population, as many as one in three teens may experience sexual violence before reaching adulthood (Saewyc, Pettingell, & Magee, 2003; Saewyc et al., 2006; Tonkin, Murphy, Lee, Saewyc, & the McCreary Centre Society, 2005).
Using data for recent adolescents from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) and for adolescents in earlier generations from the National Population Health Survey (NPHS) (Statistics Canada, 1998)--two national surveys using comparable research methodologies--and comparing these data to findings from various other large-scale studies conducted nationally or regionally (Boyce, 2004; Boyce, Doherty, Fortin, & MacKinnon, 2003; McCreary Centre Society, 2004; Rotermann, 2008; Saewyc, Taylor, Homma, & Ogilvie, 2008; Tonkin, Murphy, Lee, Saewyc, and the McCreary Centre Society, 2005), we find that since the 1970s the age of first sexual intercourse has remained relatively stable.
Since 1992, the McCreary Centre Society has conducted the BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) every 5-6 years throughout the province, and from the beginning, included several questions related to sexual health behaviours, sexual risk behaviours, and sexual health outcomes.
Adolescent Health Survey (McCreary Centre Society, 2004), a periodically conducted large-sample health survey of youth in British Columbia found that: the percentage of sexually active female respondents who reported using a condom at last intercourse increased from 52% in 1998 to 63% in 2003; the percentage of sexually active youth (both sexes) who reported having 3 or more lifetime sexual partners remained constant; and the percentage who reported having been diagnosed with an STI declined from 6% in 1998 to 4% in 2003.
For example, a large sample health survey of British Columbia youth in administered in 1992 found that 25% of sexually active teens reported using the birth control pill at last intercourse (McCreary Centre Society, 1993).
The complete Healthy Connections: Listening to BC Youth report can be obtained from the McCreary Centre Society: Tel.