Alcohol, marijuana, and perceptions of influence on social and sexual behavior among african american adolescent female detainees

Lindsay Danielle du Plessis, Rhonda Conerly Holliday, Alyssa G. Robillard, Ronald L. Braithwaite

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Abstract

Juvenile detainees comprise a population that engages in high-risk behavior. This study examined sexual risk and substance use behavior and the perceptions of African American female adolescent detainees (N = 765) regarding the influence of alcohol and marijuana use on their social and sexual behaviors. Overall, 58% and 64% reported alcohol and marijuana use, respectively. Alcohol's perceived influence on sexual behavior (p < .001) was significantly different between those who drank and those who did not; marijuana's influence on social (p < .01) and sexual (p < .001) behavior was significantly different between those who used marijuana and those who did not. There is a need for further study of the influence of substance use on social and sexual behavior among African American female adolescent detainees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-209
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • African American
  • Alcohol use
  • Female adolescent detainees
  • Marijuana use
  • Social and sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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