Substance use and sexual risk taking among black adolescents and white adolescents.

  • Cooper M
  • Peirce R
  • Huselid R
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Analyses of data from a random sample of 1,259 sexually active adolescents revealed that substance use was associated with increased sexual risk taking on 2 occasions of intercourse (1st intercourse ever and 1st intercourse with most recent partner), even after controlling for demographic experiential, and dispositional confounders. Within-persons analyses yielded similar results, indicating that adolescents who used substances, on 1 of the 2 occasions, reported higher levels of risk taking on the occasion when substances were used than on the no-substance use occasion. However, substance use was both more common and more strongly linked to risk taking among White than Black adolescents, suggesting that White adolescents are a greater risk of negative consequences related to substance use proximal to intercourse.

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  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome: prevention & c
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome: psychology
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome: transmission
  • Adolescent
  • African Americans
  • African Americans: psychology
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Alcohol Drinking: adverse effects
  • Alcohol Drinking: psychology
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • European Continental Ancestry Group: psychology
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Assessment
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Partners
  • Sexual Partners: psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Substance-Related Disorders: psychology

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  • M L Cooper

  • R S Peirce

  • R F Huselid

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