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J Sex Res. 2011 Sep;48(5):423-36. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2010.501916. Epub 2011 May 24.

Correlates of engaging in survival sex among homeless youth and young adults.

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Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, CO 80208, USA. ewalls2@du.edu

Abstract

Using a sample of 1,625 homeless youth and young adults aged 10 to 25 from 28 different states in the United States, this study examines the correlates of having engaged in survival sex. Findings suggest that differences exist based on demographic variables (gender, age, race, and sexual orientation), lifetime drug use (inhalants, Valium™, crack cocaine, alcohol, Coricidin™, and morphine), recent drug use (alcohol, ecstasy, heroin, and methamphetamine), mental health variables (suicide attempts, familial history of substance use, and having been in substance abuse treatment), and health variables (sharing needles and having been tested for HIV). In addition to replicating previous findings, this study's findings suggest that African American youth; gay, lesbian, or bisexual youth; and youth who had been tested for HIV were significantly more likely to have engaged in survival sex than White, heterosexual youth, and youth who had not been tested for HIV, respectively. Implications for interventions with youth and suggestions for future research are discussed.

PMID:
20799134
DOI:
10.1080/00224499.2010.501916
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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