January 11, 2008

MOTO : Sometimes people do risky things

Via Planet Out comes word that when youth are homeless, they engage in riskier sexual behavior. Which should be surprising to exactly no one.

...youth who have been homeless from one day to six months are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior while in nonfamily settings (e.g., a friend's home, abandoned buildings, or the street).

In this, the first study directed solely at newly homeless youth, the researchers reviewed such factors as socio-demographics, depression and substance abuse, coupled with structural factors such as living situations and their influence on sexual behavior.

According to researcher Enrique Rivero, the study tracked behavioral changes in 261 newly homeless youth in Los Angeles County between the ages of 12 and 20 over a two-year period. Subjects were interviewed six times at the beginning, and after three, six, 12, 18 and 24 months about depression, substance use, living situations, number of sexual partners, and condom use.

Posted by mcblogger at January 11, 2008 04:31 PM

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