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NCJ Number: 227767 Find in a Library
Title: Alcohol, Marijuana, and Perceptions of Influence on Social and Sexual Behavior Among African American Adolescent Female Detainees
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:15  Issue:3  Dated:July 2009  Pages:197-209
Author(s): Lindsay Danielle du Plessis M.P.H.; Rhonda Conerly Holliday Ph.D.; Alyssa G. Robillard Ph.D.; Ronald L. Braithwaite Ph.D.
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R01 AA11767
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined African-American female adolescent detainees' perceptions of the influence of alcohol and marijuana use on their social, sexual, and substance use behavior.
Abstract: A history of alcohol and marijuana use was found to be common among the African-American female adolescent detainees in this study. Over half reported lifetime alcohol (58 percent) or marijuana (64 percent) use. These high levels of substance use were a concern not only because they were illegal activities, but because they could contribute to other risk behaviors, including high-risk sexual situations. In addition, there were consistent relationships concerning beliefs that alcohol or marijuana influenced the way they behaved in social situations or in sexual situations. Overall, the data indicates that marijuana use was significantly associated with the detainees' social and sexual behavior, whereas alcohol use was significantly associated only with social behavior. African-American female adolescent detainees need to become a major focus of concern. Further study was recommended on the influence of substance use on social and sexual behavior among African-American female adolescent detainees. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Adolescent females
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescents at risk; Behavior patterns; Black/African Americans; Females; Individual behavior; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; Perception; Sexual behavior; Underage Drinking
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