Table 1.

Characteristics and Knowledge of Hepatitis B Among Middle and High School Students, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1993

Vietnamese
N = 226
White
N = 1615
AfricanAmerican
N = 263
Hispanic
N = 545
Age (y)
 12 and younger8 (3.6)210 (13.0)18 (6.9)64 (11.8)
 13–1592 (41.1)820 (50.8)141 (54.0)346 (63.6)
 16–1874 (33.0)567 (35.1)96 (36.8)121 (22.2)
 >1950 (22.3)18 (1.1)6 (2.3)13 (2.4)
Time in United States (y)
 <125 (11.2)14 (.9)7 (2.7)24 (4.4)
 1–243 (19.2)15 (.9)11 (4.2)29 (5.3)
 3–543 (19.2)24 (1.5)19 (7.3)70 (12.8)
 6–949 (21.9)21 (1.3)12 (4.6)91 (16.7)
 >1064 (28.6)1537 (95.4)211 (81.2)331 (60.7)
Acculturation—ability to speak English
 None7 (3.1)8 (.5)2 (.8)10 (1.9)
 Poor59 (26.5)9 (.6)3 (1.2)38 (7.0)
 Fairly well86 (38.6)56 (3.5)23 (8.9)113 (20.9)
 Very well71 (31.8)1534 (95.5)232 (89.2)379 (70.2)
Below average school performance17 (8.4)163 (10.4)29 (11.9)63 (12.7)
Knowledge of definition of hepatitis B
 Correct73 (35.6)396 (25.4)52 (21.0)75 (14.9)
 Incorrect30 (14.6)209 (13.4)61 (24.6)90 (17.9)
 Don't know102 (49.8)954 (61.2)135 (54.4)337 (67.1)
Knowledge of sexual contact as hepatitis B risk factor
 Correct31 (15.0)583 (37.5)87 (35.4)141 (28.0)
 Incorrect60 (29.0)127 (8.2)35 (14.2)67 (13.3)
 Don't know116 (56.0)846 (54.4)124 (50.4)295 (58.7)
Ever had blood test for hepatitis B81 (36.3)143 (9.0)37 (14.5)64 (12.2)
Household member has ever had hepatitis B13 (5.9)43 (2.7)11 (4.3)23 (4.4)
Ever taught in school about hepatitis B48 (24.0)443 (29.1)84 (36.2)132 (27.8)