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J Adolesc. 2011 Feb;34(1):191-4. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.02.003. Epub 2010 Mar 19.

Brief report: the number of sexual partners and race-related stress in African American adolescents: preliminary findings.

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Spalding University, School of Professional Psychology, 845 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203, USA.


The current study examined the association between the number of lifetime sexual partners and race-related stress among African American 201 high school juniors and seniors at two urban high schools in the Southeastern region of the country. Students completed the Index of Race-Related Stress-Brief (IRRS-B) and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). African American male adolescents reported higher race-related stress and a higher number of sexual partners compared to African American females. Controlling for gender and age of first intercourse, race-related stress significantly predicted the number of sexual partners for African American adolescents. Preliminary findings indicate that the role of race-related stress may prove critical in decreasing risky sexual behavior among African American adolescents.

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