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Am J Public Health. 1998 Feb;88(2):262-6.

Correlates of same-sex sexual behavior in a random sample of Massachusetts high school students.

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Massachusetts Department of Education AIDS/HIV Program, Malden, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study documented risk behaviors among homosexually and bisexually experienced adolescents.

METHODS:

Data were obtained from a random sample of high school students in Massachusetts. Violence, substance use, and suicide behaviors were compared between students with same-sex experience and those reporting only heterosexual contact. Differences in prevalence and standard errors of the differences were calculated.

RESULTS:

Students reporting same-sex contact were more likely to report fighting and victimization, frequent use of alcohol, other drug use, and recent suicidal behaviors.

CONCLUSIONS:

Students with same-sex experience may be at elevated risk of injury, disease, and death resulting from violence, substance abuse, and suicidal behaviors.

PMID:
9491018
PMCID:
PMC1508176
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