RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AMONG SUBSTANCE-ABUSING ADOLESCENTS: Psychosocial and Contextual Factors

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  • Work was partially supported by National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant AA09583–03 to the first author

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, DM-334, Florida International University, University Park Campus, Miami, FL 33199 [E-mail: langerl@fiu.edu]

Abstract

Of 120 substance-abusing adolescents and young adults undergoing treatment, the majority reported engaging in several types of risky sexual behavior, both with and without concurrent substance use. Data analysis revealed that AIDS knowledge, decision-making style, drinking motives, and perceived vulnerability to HIV were significant predictors of such behavior. Findings are discussed with a view to enhancing prevention efforts among high-risk adolescents.

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