“Broken Windows” and the Risk of Gonorrhea


Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have been proven to be associated with race/ethnicity, poverty, and substance use. Individuals have been targeted through counseling, education, and admonishing them to be abstinent or, failing that, to limit the number of sex partners and use condoms. Worldwide, these efforts have had modest success, and the United States remains the only developed country to have STD rates comparable to those of developing countries.


This study uses the theory of “Broken windows” to prove the point that there is a relationship between neighborhood conditions and gonorrhea. The theory suggests that the appearance of the physical environment provides direct messages that regulate individual behavior; it almost is like a signal to others that behaviors that are usually prohibited are tolerated.


To find out the results of this interesting study, please read the full article here.


Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC


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