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Predictors of heterosexual casual sex among young adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23297151     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Casual sex is often associated with the young adult stage in the life course. Most recent research on the prevalence, motives, and consequences of heterosexual casual sex has relied on samples of college students, yet students are only a small and advantaged subset of the young adult population. The current study drew on the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study, which was collected in 2006-2007 and included young adults (ages 18-24 years) whose trajectories reflected a wider spectrum of educational experiences (N = 1,023). We moved beyond prior work by examining both frequency and type of heterosexual casual sex: lifetime vaginal, lifetime oral, and recent vaginal sex. We found that young adults enrolled or who graduated from 4-year educational institutions reported fewer casual sex partners on all three measures compared to participants without a high school degree and those with some college experience. Sexual attitudes were key factors mediating the association between educational status and casual sex behavior. These results indicate that programs aimed at encouraging healthy sexual behavior should target individuals who are at risk of not graduating high school because they are at greatest risk of frequent casual sex partners.
Authors:
Heidi Lyons; Wendy Manning; Peggy Giordano; Monica Longmore
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2013-01-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of sexual behavior     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1573-2800     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Sex Behav     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-05     Completed Date:  2013-10-01     Revised Date:  2014-01-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1273516     Medline TA:  Arch Sex Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  585-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Educational Status
Female
Health Behavior
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Heterosexuality / psychology*
Humans
Male
Questionnaires
Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior / psychology*
Sexual Partners / psychology*
Young Adult
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
HD36223/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD036223/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD044206/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD050959/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24HD050959-01/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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