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Sexually-transmitted disease in female adolescents: effects of psychosocial factors and high risk behaviors.
J Adolesc Health. 1995 Aug; 17(2):83-90.JA

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Although previous studies have reported behavioral correlates of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and psychosocial correlates of risky behavior, research has not examined the linkages between psychosocial attributes, behavioral patterns, and actual STD acquisition within the same adolescent sample. We examined the effects of five psychosocial factors on risky sexual behavior and substance use, and their direct and indirect effects on STD acquisition.

METHODS

A multiethnic sample of 571 sexually-active female adolescents (ages 13-19 years) was recruited from family planning clinics. Subjects completed questionnaires prior to their gynecologic examination and STD testing.

RESULTS

A multiethnic sample of 571 sexually-active female adolescents (ages 13-19 years) was recruited from family planning clinics. Subjects completed questionnaires prior to their gynecologic examination and STD testing.

RESULTS

Female adolescents who were heavy substance users, who felt little control over their sexual behavior, and had a greater number of friends who engaged in risky sexual behavior were themselves more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. Risky sexual behavior was associated with positive STD status. Subjects who used psychoactive substances during sex reported higher numbers of sexual partners and were more likely to have an STD.

CONCLUSIONS

This research has identified possible causal paths by which psychosocial factors may influence specific behaviors that are predictive of STDs in adolescent females.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, University of California-San Francisco 94143-0374, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

7495830

Citation

Millstein, S G., and A B. Moscicki. "Sexually-transmitted Disease in Female Adolescents: Effects of Psychosocial Factors and High Risk Behaviors." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, vol. 17, no. 2, 1995, pp. 83-90.
Millstein SG, Moscicki AB. Sexually-transmitted disease in female adolescents: effects of psychosocial factors and high risk behaviors. J Adolesc Health. 1995;17(2):83-90.
Millstein, S. G., & Moscicki, A. B. (1995). Sexually-transmitted disease in female adolescents: effects of psychosocial factors and high risk behaviors. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 17(2), 83-90.
Millstein SG, Moscicki AB. Sexually-transmitted Disease in Female Adolescents: Effects of Psychosocial Factors and High Risk Behaviors. J Adolesc Health. 1995;17(2):83-90. PubMed PMID: 7495830.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexually-transmitted disease in female adolescents: effects of psychosocial factors and high risk behaviors. AU - Millstein,S G, AU - Moscicki,A B, PY - 1995/8/1/pubmed PY - 1995/8/1/medline PY - 1995/8/1/entrez SP - 83 EP - 90 JF - The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine JO - J Adolesc Health VL - 17 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Although previous studies have reported behavioral correlates of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and psychosocial correlates of risky behavior, research has not examined the linkages between psychosocial attributes, behavioral patterns, and actual STD acquisition within the same adolescent sample. We examined the effects of five psychosocial factors on risky sexual behavior and substance use, and their direct and indirect effects on STD acquisition. METHODS: A multiethnic sample of 571 sexually-active female adolescents (ages 13-19 years) was recruited from family planning clinics. Subjects completed questionnaires prior to their gynecologic examination and STD testing. RESULTS: A multiethnic sample of 571 sexually-active female adolescents (ages 13-19 years) was recruited from family planning clinics. Subjects completed questionnaires prior to their gynecologic examination and STD testing. RESULTS: Female adolescents who were heavy substance users, who felt little control over their sexual behavior, and had a greater number of friends who engaged in risky sexual behavior were themselves more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. Risky sexual behavior was associated with positive STD status. Subjects who used psychoactive substances during sex reported higher numbers of sexual partners and were more likely to have an STD. CONCLUSIONS: This research has identified possible causal paths by which psychosocial factors may influence specific behaviors that are predictive of STDs in adolescent females. SN - 1054-139X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/7495830/Sexually_transmitted_disease_in_female_adolescents:_effects_of_psychosocial_factors_and_high_risk_behaviors_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/1054-139X(95)00065-Z DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -