CORRELATES AND PREDICTORS OF RISKY SEXUAL PRACTICES AMONG A MULTI-RACIAL/ETHNIC SAMPLE OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

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Abstract:

This research identifies the correlates and predictors of risky sexual behaviors among an ethnically diverse multiethnic sample of college students attending a large state university in the southeastern U.S. (N=338). Nine risk and five protective factors served as independent! predictive factors in the analyses. The dependent variable was scores on a risky sexual behaviors scale. Six of the nine risk factors and four of the five protective factors were significantly correlated with scores on the risky sexual behaviors scale. Regression analyses identified six significant predictors of risky sexual practices: number of partners in last six months; religious values; condom attitudes; age at first sex; binging on alcohol; and residential locus. These terms explained 29.4% of the total variance in risky sexual behavior scores. Implications for prevention programs and future research are noted.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2001.29.2.133

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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