Substance Use and Condom Nonuse Among African-American, Adolescent Detainees

J.B. Kingree, Clemson University

This study examined substance use and condom nonuse in a specific sexual incident among 210 African-American, male adolescents who were being held in juvenile detention facilities. Participants completed a questionnaire that assessed the use of alcohol and marijuana, and the nonuse of a condom, in the first incident of intercourse with their most recent partners. The questionnaire and analyses also included six measures of potential correlates (i.e., age at the sexual incident, history of incarceration, self-restraint, relationship intimacy, HIV knowledge, and condom attitudes). Results revealed that more participants used marijuana (45%) than alcohol (11%) in the context of the sexual incident, x2 (df = 1;n=210) = 57.65, p <.001. Moreover, when condom nonuse was regressed on the two substance use variables and six potential covariates in a multivariate logistic model, marijuana use but not alcohol use emerged as a significant predictor (AOR = 2.95, 95% CI = .60 2.50, p <.01). These findings sugget that marijuana use should be addressed in interventions that aim to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies among adolescent detainees.

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