A Multigroup, Longitudinal Study of Truant Youths, Marijuana Use, Depression, and STD-Associated Sexual Risk Behavior

Richard Dembo, Julie M. Krupa, Jennifer Wareham, James Schmeidler, Ralph DiClemente

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Abstract

Truant youths are likely to engage in a number of problem behaviors, including sexual risky behaviors. Previous research involving non-truant youths has found sexual risk behaviors to be related to marijuana use and depression, with differential effects for male and female youths. Using data collected in a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded, prospective intervention project, results are reported of a male-female, multi-group, longitudinal analysis of the relationships among truant youth baseline sexual risk behavior, marijuana use, and depression, and their sexual risk behavior over four follow-up time points. Results indicated support for the longitudinal model, with female truants having higher depression scores, and showing stronger relationships between baseline depression and future engagement in sexual risk behavior, than male truants. Findings suggest that incorporating strategies to reduce depression and marijuana use may decrease youth sexual risk behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-204
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2017

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Keywords

  • depression
  • marijuana use
  • sexual risk
  • STDs

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  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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A Multigroup, Longitudinal Study of Truant Youths, Marijuana Use, Depression, and STD-Associated Sexual Risk Behavior. / Dembo, Richard; Krupa, Julie M.; Wareham, Jennifer; Schmeidler, James; DiClemente, Ralph.

In: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Vol. 26, No. 3, 04.05.2017, p. 192-204.

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