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Disparities in safety belt use by sexual orientation identity among US high school students.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24328643     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: We examined associations between adolescents' safety belt use and sexual orientation identity.
METHODS: We pooled data from the 2005 and 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (n = 26,468 weighted; mean age = 15.9 years; 35.4% White, 24.7% Black, 23.5% Latino, 16.4% other). We compared lesbian and gay (1.2%), bisexual (3.5%), and unsure (2.6%) youths with heterosexuals (92.7%) on a binary indicator of passenger safety belt use. We stratified weighted multivariable logistic regression models by sex and adjusted for survey wave and sampling design.
RESULTS: Overall, 12.6% of high school students reported "rarely" or "never" wearing safety belts. Sexual minority youths had increased odds of reporting nonuse relative to heterosexuals (48% higher for male bisexuals, 85% for lesbians, 46% for female bisexuals, and 51% for female unsure youths; P < .05), after adjustment for demographic (age, race/ethnicity), individual (body mass index, depression, bullying, binge drinking, riding with a drunk driver, academic achievement), and contextual (living in jurisdictions with secondary or primary safety belt laws, percentage below poverty, percentage same-sex households) risk factors.
CONCLUSIONS: Public health interventions should address sexual orientation identity disparities in safety belt use.
Sari L Reisner; Aimee Van Wagenen; Allegra Gordon; Jerel P Calzo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2013-12-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  104     ISSN:  1541-0048     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2014 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-01-17     Completed Date:  2014-03-17     Revised Date:  2014-11-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  311-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Binge Drinking / epidemiology
Depression / epidemiology
Health Behavior
Seat Belts / utilization*
Sex Factors
Sexuality / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data*
Socioeconomic Factors
United States / epidemiology
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