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Dating Violence and Substance Use as Longitudinal Predictors of Adolescents’ Risky Sexual Behavior
Shorey, R. C.,
Fite, P. J.,
Cohen, J. R.,
Stuart, G. L.,
Temple, J. R.
Year Published: 2015
These authors examined dating violence perpetration and victimization (physical, psychological, and sexual) and lifetime substance use (alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs) as longitudinal predictors of adolescents’ risky sexual behavior across one year; they also tested whether predictors varied across gender and ethnicity. A total of 882 Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic adolescents from public high schools in Texas completed self-report measures of dating violence, lifetime substance use, and risky sexual behavior at baseline. One year later they reported on risky sexual behavior in the past year. Path analysis showed that greater physical dating violence victimization, lifetime alcohol use, lifetime marijuana use, and older age were all significant predictors of risky sexual behavior at the 1-year follow-up. Results did not vary across gender or ethnic group. Findings suggest that interventions to prevent risky sexual behavior may benefit from targeting substance use and physical dating violence among adolescents of diverse ethnicity and gender. Modified Author Abstract.