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Health risk behaviors in an urban sample of young women who have sex with women

Herrick, AL and Matthews, AK and Garofalo, R (2010) Health risk behaviors in an urban sample of young women who have sex with women. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 14 (1). 80 - 92. ISSN 1089-4160

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We examined the prevalence of sexual and substance use behaviors among a group of young women who have sex with women (WSW) aged 16 to 24. A convenience sample of 137 young WSW participants completed a confidential survey that included demographics, substance use, and sexual risk behaviors. Descriptive analyses were used to interpret the data. Comparisons were made between rates of risk behaviors in this sample and non-sexual minority youth in a national dataset. The mean age of participants was 19.6 (SD = 2.3) and 59% were from communities of color. Participants reported a history of risky behaviors including anal intercourse with men (26%), monthly binge drinking (22%), pregnancy (20%), and tobacco use (54%). These findings highlight the need for health promotion interventions aimed at reducing risky health behaviors in this highly vulnerable and underserved sub-population of young women. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Herrick, ALalh75@pitt.eduALH75
Matthews, AK
Garofalo, R
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 1 January 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Lesbian Studies
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Page Range: 80 - 92
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/10894160903060440
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1089-4160
MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior--psychology; Attitude to Health; Bisexuality--psychology; Chicago; Female; Homosexuality, Female--psychology; Humans; Questionnaires; Risk-Taking; Sexual Behavior--psychology; Smoking--psychology; Social Environment; Substance-Related Disorders--psychology; Urban Population; Young Adult
PubMed ID: 20077268
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 19:29
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:55


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