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Sexual Health Among Male College Students in the United States and the Netherlands

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Objectives: To assess differences in sexual health behaviors, outcomes, and potential sociocultural determinants among male college students in the United States and the Netherlands. Methods: Survey data were collected from random samples of students from both national cultures. Results: American men were more likely to report inadequate contraception, HIV/STD infection, and unintended pregnancy than were Dutch men. Religiosity and sexuality education were able to explain national differences in these sexual health outcomes. Conclusions: Findings suggest that sexuality education seems to decrease, rather than increase, sexual risk in heterosexually active male college students.

Keywords: Netherlands; United States; men's health; sexual health; sexuality education

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Behavioral Sciences Research in HIV Infection Fellow, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York, NY 2: Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry), Research Scientist, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York, NY 3: Indiana University, Department of Applied Health Science, Bloomington, IN 4: Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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