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J Correct Health Care. 2009 Jul;15(3):197-209. doi: 10.1177/1078345809334873. Epub 2009 Apr 27.

Alcohol, marijuana, and perceptions of influence on social and sexual behavior among African American adolescent female detainees.

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  • 1Health Research Association, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

Abstract

Juvenile detainees comprise a population that engages in high-risk behavior. This study examined sexual risk and substance use behavior and the perceptions of African American female adolescent detainees (N = 765) regarding the influence of alcohol and marijuana use on their social and sexual behaviors. Overall, 58% and 64% reported alcohol and marijuana use, respectively. Alcohol's perceived influence on sexual behavior (p < .001) was significantly different between those who drank and those who did not; marijuana's influence on social (p < .01) and sexual (p < .001) behavior was significantly different between those who used marijuana and those who did not. There is a need for further study of the influence of substance use on social and sexual behavior among African American female adolescent detainees.

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