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NCJ Number: 229502 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Sexual Behaviors at Varying Levels of Substance Use Frequency
Journal: Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:January-March 2010  Pages:66-77
Author(s): Leah J. Floyd; William Latimer
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA00254;R01DA14498
Document: HTML (Publisher)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between alcohol and marijuana use frequency and specific sexual behaviors in a large sample of adolescents 12 to 19 years of age.
Abstract: Combining substance use and sex compounds the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. However, the association between substance use and sexual behaviors may vary by substance and sexual behavior. The current study sought to examine the relationship between alcohol and marijuana use frequency and specific sexual behaviors. The International Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health was administered to 1,432 youths in 1 middle school and 1 high school in Minnesota. Results from logistic regression analyses indicated a relationship between alcohol and marijuana use and being sexually active. However, only marijuana use was associated with having multiple partners. To aid researchers in designing more effective HIV prevention interventions, future research should focus on understanding the differential effects of alcohol and marijuana on sexual behaviors. Table and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent chemical dependency; Adolescents at risk; Adolescents with AIDS; Juvenile drug abusers; Marijuana; Risk taking behavior; Sexual behavior; Underage Drinking
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