COMPARATIVE STUDY
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Correlates of condom use and number of sexual partners among high school adolescents

D L Richter, R F Valois, R E McKeown, M L Vincent
Journal of School Health 1993, 63 (2): 91-6
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Factors associated with condom use and number of sexual partners were examined in a statewide sample of public high school students in grades 9-12 (N = 3,893). Data were collected in spring 1990 using the 70-item, self-report Youth Risk Behavior Survey, developed and piloted by the Centers for Disease Control. Composite scores were constructed to measure aggression, physical recklessness, alcohol use, illegal drug use, cigarette use, lack of exercise, and academic self-image. Since simple polychotomous logistic regression models revealed a significant race by gender interaction, multivariate models were run separately for each race-gender group. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were calculated from polychotomous logistic regression of lifetime sexual activity and condom use with their potential correlates. Risky sexual behavior appears to be correlated with a complex of other behaviors that place students at risk. A pattern of declining condom use with increasing number of partners was evident, especially for White students.

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