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AIDS Behav. 2016 Jan;20 Suppl 1:S97-108. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1155-2.

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience of Adolescent Sexual Risk and Alcohol Use.

Author information

1
Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, DC7P, Portland, OR, 97239-3098, USA. feldstei@ohsu.edu.
2
Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, 1 University of New Mexico, MSC03 2220, Albuquerque, NM, 87131, USA. sephira.ryman@gmail.com.
3
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder, Muenzinger D244, 345 UCB, Boulder, CO, 80309-0345, USA. arielle.gillman@colorado.edu.
4
Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder, 594 UCB, Boulder, CO, 80309-0345, USA. barbara.weiland@colorado.edu.
5
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder, Muenzinger D244, 345 UCB, Boulder, CO, 80309-0345, USA. rachel.thayer@colorado.edu.
6
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder, Muenzinger D244, 345 UCB, Boulder, CO, 80309-0345, USA. angela.bryan@colorado.edu.

Abstract

Human adolescents engage in very high rates of unprotected sex. This behavior has a high potential for unintended, serious, and sustained health consequences including HIV/AIDS. Despite these serious health consequences, we know little about the neural and cognitive factors that influence adolescents' decision-making around sex, and their potential overlap with behaviorally co-occurring risk behaviors, including alcohol use. Thus, in this review, we evaluate the developmental neuroscience of sexual risk and alcohol use for human adolescents with an eye to relevant prevention and intervention implications.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent; Alcohol use; Brain; HIV; Sexual risk

PMID:
26290051
PMCID:
PMC5858879
DOI:
10.1007/s10461-015-1155-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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