ERIC Number: EJ871309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Prospective Associations between Alcohol and Drug Consumption and Risky Sex among Female College Students
Caldeira, Kimberly M.; Arria, Amelia M.; Zarate, Elizabeth M.; Vincent, Kathryn B.; Wish, Eric D.; O'Grady, Kevin E.
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v53 n2 p71-92 Aug 2009
Females who had vaginal sex were interviewed annually in their first two years of college (n=386, ages 17 to 20 at study outset) and asked about risky sex behaviors and substance use. In year one, 60.2%[subscript wt] had intoxicated sex, 31.4%[subscript wt] had multiple sex partners, and 48.9%[subscript wt] had unprotected sex (i.e., without a condom). At follow-up, high rates of persistence (86.0%, 52.7%, 78.8% respectively) and initiation (36.0%, 23.9%, 41.8%) were observed. In multiple logistic regression analyses, drug use and drinking were independently associated with having multiple sex partners. Intoxicated sex independently predicted condom non-use and multiple sex partners, and appeared to mediate the relationship between substance use and multiple sex partners. Implications for prevention and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Drug Use, Drinking, At Risk Persons, College Students, Females, Sexuality, Interviews, Substance Abuse, Health Behavior, Correlation, Prevention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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