Demographic, Psychosocial, and Contextual Factors Associated With Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Young Sexual Minority Women

Amy Herrick*, Lisa Kuhns, Suzanne Kinsky, Amy Johnson, Rob Garofalo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Young sexual minority women are at risk for negative sexual health outcomes, including sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies, yet little is known about these risks. We examined factors that may influence sexual risk from a psychosocial and contextual perspective. Analyses were conducted to examine within group relationships between sexual behaviors, negative outcomes, and related factors in a sample of young sexual minority women. Participants (N = 131) were young (mean = 19.8) and diverse in terms of race/ethnicity (57% non-White). Sex under the influence, having multiple partners, and having unprotected sex were common behaviors, and pregnancy (20%) and sexually transmitted infection (12%) were common outcomes. Risk behaviors were associated with age, alcohol abuse, and older partners. Results support the need for further research to understand how these factors contribute to risk in order to target risk reduction programs for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-355
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • adolescent health
  • lesbian and bisexual girls
  • pregnancy
  • sexual minority
  • sexual risk behaviors
  • sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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