Sexual Risk Behavior 6 Months Post-High School: Associations with College Attendance, Living with a Parent, and Prior Risk Behavior

Bailey, J. A.,
Fleming, C. B.,
Henson, J. N.,
Catalano, R. F.,
Haggerty, K. P.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2008
Journal of Adolescent Health 42(6): 573-579, 2008
National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant No. R001DA08093)

These authors examined sexual risk behavior (SRB) among a community sample of youth in the fall after their senior year of high school. The primary goal was to examine associations between college and residential status and three measures of SRB: casual sex, inconsistent condom use, and high-risk sex. Among 834 participants in the Raising Healthy Children project, 30 percent reported inconsistent condom use, 23 percent reported casual sex, and 11 percent reported high-risk sex in the fall after high school. Youth in college were less likely than noncollege youth to report SRB. The protective association between college attendance on one hand and casual sex and intermittent condom use on the other was fully explained by high school substance use, risky sex, and academic performance. The protective effect of college attendance on high-risk sex was partly explained by high school predictors. Living with parents at age 18-19 years was not related to SRB. The authors discuss the implications for HIV/STI prevention among young adults who are not attending college and high school students who have earned poor grades, used drugs, or engaged in SRB. Modified Author Abstract

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