Sexual Risk Behavior among Male and Female Truant Youths: Exploratory, Multi-Group Latent Class Analysis
- *Corresponding Author:
- Richard Dembo
University of South Florida
Department of Criminology
Tampa, FL 33620, USA
Tel: (813) 931-3345
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 19, 2015; Accepted date: November 16, 2015; Published date: November 20, 2015
Citation: Dembo R, Wareham J, Krupa J M, Winters K C (2015) Sexual Risk Behavior among Male and Female Truant Youths: Exploratory, Multi-Group Latent Class Analysis. J Alcohol Drug Depend 3:226. doi:10.4172/2329-6488.1000226
Copyright: © 2015 Dembo R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Little is known of sexual risk behaviors among truant youths across gender. This study utilized latent class analysis to examined heterogeneity of sexual risk behaviors across gender among a sample of 300 truant adolescents. Results revealed two latent subgroups within gender: low vs. high sexual risk behaviors. There were gender differences in baseline covariates of sexual risk behaviors, with male truants in higher risk group experiencing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) problems, and female truants in higher risk group experienced marijuana use and depression symptoms. African-American race was a significant covariate for high sexual risk behaviors for both genders. Service and practice implications of sexual risk issues of truant youth are discussed.