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Multiple Sexual-Partner Behavior Among Sexually Active US Adolescent Girls

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Objective: To examine the relationship of multiple sexual-partners to other risk behaviors among adolescent girls. Methods: Ninth-through 12th-grade sexually active girls (N=3288) who completed the 1999 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey were participants. Multivariate logistic regression was used to examine all significant independent relationships. Results: Having one recent sexual-partner was associated with lack of condom use and being in 12th grade whereas having 2 or more partners was associated with fighting, cigarette use, binge drinking, and African American ethnicity. Conclusions: A small but important subset of adolescent girls report having recent multiple sexual-partners. These girls are more likely to report other problem-prone health behaviors.

Keywords: adolescence; coitus; health behavior; sexual-partners

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Public and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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