Correlates and predictors of risky sexual practices among a multi-racial/ethnic sample of university students.

Lilly M. Langer1, George J. Warheit2, Linda Perez McDonald3
1Florida International University, United States
2University of Miami, United States
3Florida International University
Cite this article:  Langer, L. M., Warheit, G. J., & Perez McDonald, L. (2001). Correlates and predictors of risky sexual practices among a multi-racial/ethnic sample of university students.. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 29(2), 133-144.

Volume 29 Issue 2 | e1074 | Published: March 2001 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2001.29.2.133

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In this research we identify the correlates and predictors of risky sexual behaviors among an ethnically diverse sample of college students attending a large state university in the southeastern US (N = 338). Nine risk and 5 protective factors served as independent predictive factors in the analyses. The dependent variable was risky sexual behaviors scale score. Six of the 9 risk factors and 4 of the 5 protective factors were significantly correlated with scores on the risky sexual behaviors scale. Regression analyses identified 6 significant predictors of risky sexual practices: number of partners in last 6 months; religious values; condom attitudes; age at first sex; binging on alcohol; and residential locus. These terms explained 29.4% of the total variance in risky sexual behavior scores. Implications for prevention programs and future research are discussed.

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