Correlates of casual sex among African-American female teens

Richard A. Crosby, Ralph J. Diclemente, Gina M. Wingood, Catlainn Sionean, Brenda K. Cobb, Kathy Harrington, Susan L. Davies, I. I.I. Edward Hook, M. Kim Oh

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Abstract

This study identified correlates of reporting voluntary sex with casual partner (VS-CP) among African American adolescent females. Sexually active African-American female teens (N = 522) were recruited from neighborhoods characterized by high rates of unemployment, substance abuse, violence and STDs. Of the 609 eligible adolescents, 522 (85.7%) agreed to participate in the study. VS-CP was reported by 15.9% of adolescents. Identified correlates of VS-CP were acquiescing to unwanted sex, living with a non-parent relative, never being pregnant, rejecting messages about the value of condoms for disease prevention, low parental supervision, and dissatisfaction with body image. These correlates may be important in the targeting and design of STD/HIV prevention programs for African -American adolescent females.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education for Adolescents and Children
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • African-American adolescents
  • Casual partners
  • Sexual behaviors
  • Sexual networks
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Crosby, R. A., Diclemente, R. J., Wingood, G. M., Sionean, C., Cobb, B. K., Harrington, K., Davies, S. L., Edward Hook, I. I. I., & Kim Oh, M. (2001). Correlates of casual sex among African-American female teens. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education for Adolescents and Children, 4(4), 55-67. https://doi.org/10.1300/J129v04n04_05