alexa Abstract | Sexual Risk Behavior among Male and Female Truant Youths: Exploratory, Multi-Group Latent Class Analysis
ISSN: 2329-6488

Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
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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.

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Author(s): Richard Dembo, Jennifer Wareham,Julie M. Krupa and Ken C. Winters

Keywords

Sexual risk, Truants, Truancy, Marijuana use, Mental health, Delinquency, STI, Negative effects of alcohol, Signs of alcoholism

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