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Predicting sexual risk behaviors among adolescent and young women using a prospective diary method†
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 329–340, August 2008
How to Cite
Morrison-Beedy, D., Carey, M. P., Feng, C. and Tu, X. M. (2008), Predicting sexual risk behaviors among adolescent and young women using a prospective diary method. Res. Nurs. Health, 31: 329–340. doi: 10.1002/nur.20263
The authors would like to thank the participants in the study for their important contribution to HIV-prevention science.
- Issue published online: 9 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 OCT 2007
- National Institute of Nursing Research. Grant Number: R01 NR008194
- sexual behavior;
- adolescent girls;
- substance use;
We describe the sexual risk behaviors, psychological distress, and substance use of 102 late adolescent girls and identify predictors of protected and unprotected vaginal sex. Participants completed questionnaires assessing hypothesized predictors and then daily behavioral diaries for 12 weeks. Protected intercourse was predicted by baseline sexual behavior, greater knowledge, positive condom attitudes, lower perceived condom-use difficulty, greater condom-use intentions, more drinking days, less binge drinking, less Ecstasy use, and lower psychological distress. Unprotected intercourse was predicted by baseline sexual behavior, binge drinking, Ecstasy and opiate use, fewer drinking days, and fewer daily drinks. These findings suggest that psychological distress, substance use, and sexual risk behavior are interconnected and should be considered collectively in interventions for adolescent females. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 31:329–340, 2008