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Health Psychol. 1994 Jul;13(4):308-18.

Psychosocial correlates and predictors of AIDS risk behaviors, abortion, and drug use among a community sample, of young adult women.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles 90024-1563.


Relations among latent constructs of Social Conformity, Sensation Seeking, Polydrug Use, Sexual Experience, Abortion, and Risky AIDS Behaviors were examined among a community sample of women (N = 438, mean age = 25.5 years) using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and predictive structural equation models (SEM). In the CFA, Risky AIDS Behavior was strongly related to more Polydrug Use and less Social Conformity and modestly related to Sexual Experience and Abortions. In SEMs, Social Conformity significantly predicted less Risky AIDS Behavior and less Polydrug Use but did not predict Abortions. Prior Sexual Experience predicted more Polydrug Use and Abortions. We conclude that the same psychological processes and predispositions that relate low social conformity to drug use and other unhealthy behaviors also influence AIDS-risk behaviors, even among a community sample of women.

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