The association between gang involvement and sexual behaviours among detained adolescent males

Dexter R. Voisin, L. F. Salazar, R. Crosby, R. J. DiClemente, W. L. Yarber, M. Staples-Horne

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Abstract

Objective: Data were collected from 270 detained male adolescents (aged 14-18 years) to determine the association between ever having been in a gang and a range of sexual behaviours such as sexual activity, male condom use, sex with multiple partners, and drug use during sex. Methods: Participants answered survey questions using audio computer assisted self interviewing (A-CASI) procedures, which assessed demographic, family factors, history of gang membership, and sexual behaviours. Results: Multiple logistic regression analyses, controlling for demographic, socioeconomic status, and family factors, indicated that adolescents who reported having been in a gang, relative to their peers reporting no gang involvement, were 5.7 times more likely to have had sex, 3.2 times more likely to have got a girl pregnant, and almost four times more likely to have been "high" on alcohol or other drugs during sexual intercourse, have had sex with a partner who was "high" on alcohol or other drugs, or have had sex with multiple partners concurrently. Conclusions: Findings suggest that having been in a gang can discriminate between levels of STI associated risk behaviours among an otherwise high risk population-detained adolescent males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-442
Number of pages3
JournalSexually transmitted infections
Volume80
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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