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Am J Public Health. 2002 Feb;92(2):198-202.

Adolescent same-sex romantic attractions and relationships: implications for substance use and abuse.

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Department of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis 95616-8523, USA. strussell@ucdavis.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Nationally representative data were used to examine associations of romantic attractions and relationships with substance use and abuse.

METHODS:

Data from the Add Health Study were examined. Youths reporting same-sex and both-sex romantic attractions and relationships were compared with those reporting opposite-sex attractions. Survey regression and logistic regression were used to control for sample design effects.

RESULTS:

In the case of certain outcomes, romantic attraction affected males differently than females. Youths with both-sex attractions were at a somewhat higher risk for substance use and abuse than were heterosexual youths; females with same-sex attractions were also at higher risk for some outcomes. Sexual-minority youths varied little from heterosexual youths in regard to trajectories of substance use and abuse.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings highlight the importance of distinguishing between youths with only same-sex attractions and those with both-sex attractions. These findings also call into question previous findings indicating that sexual-minority youths are automatically "at risk."

PMID:
11818291
PMCID:
PMC1447042
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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