An examination of sexual risk behaviors in adolescent substance users Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. ABSTRACT. Objectives: This study examined the risk for engaging in high-risk sexual behavior associated with substance use in a sample of U.S. adolescents. Methods: The sample (N = 15,425) was obtained via the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, a survey of public high school students. Results: Substance use was associated with sexual risk behaviors, with odds ratios being greatest for adolescents who used cigarettes and illicit substances, as well as those who engaged in injection drug use. Conclusions: Results highlight the need for prevention and intervention programs targeting sexual risk behaviors in substance-using adolescents as a means to decrease the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Thamotharan, S., Grabowski, K., Stefano, E., & Fields, S.

citation count

  • 10

publication date

  • April 2015