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

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

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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 1 2004

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Sexual Behavior
Sexual Partners
Alcohols
Demography
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Coitus
Condoms
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Risk-Taking
Social Class
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Population

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The association between gang involvement and sexual behaviours among detained adolescent males. / Voisin, Dexter R.; Salazar, L. F.; Crosby, R.; DiClemente, Ralph; Yarber, W. L.; Staples-Horne, M.

In: Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vol. 80, No. 6, 01.12.2004, p. 440-442.

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Voisin, Dexter R. ; Salazar, L. F. ; Crosby, R. ; DiClemente, Ralph ; Yarber, W. L. ; Staples-Horne, M. / The association between gang involvement and sexual behaviours among detained adolescent males. In: Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2004 ; Vol. 80, No. 6. pp. 440-442.
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