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Am J Public Health. 1999 Sep;89(9):1406-9.

Prevalence and correlates of survival sex among runaway and homeless youth.

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Health and Social Policy Division, Research Triangle Institute, NC 27709-2194, USA. jmg@rti.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the prevalence and correlates of survival sex among runaway and homeless youths.

METHODS:

A nationally representative sample of shelter youths and a multicity sample of street youths were interviewed.

RESULTS:

Approximately 28% of street youths and 10% of shelter youths reported having participated in survival sex, which was associated with age, days away from home, victimization, criminal behaviors, substance use, suicide attempts, sexually transmitted disease, and pregnancy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Intensive and ongoing services are needed to provide resources and residential assistance to enable runaway and homeless youths to avoid survival sex, which is associated with many problem behaviors.

PMID:
10474560
PMCID:
PMC1508758
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.89.9.1406
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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