Differences in the prevalence of risk behaviors between heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) female adolescents in the juvenile justice system

Sean Travis Allen, Monica S. Ruiz, Allison O’Rourke

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Abstract

Abstract: Little is known about the behavioral risk factors for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among female youths who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning (LGBQ) and who are involved in the juvenile justice system. We examined the sexual and drug use risk profiles of heterosexual and LGBQ female adolescents in the justice system. Greater prevalence of alcohol and substance use was found among female LGBQ adolescents compared to their female heterosexual counterparts. Conversely, female LGBQ youths reported more consistent condom use for both vaginal and anal sex compared to heterosexual females. These data may be useful in tailoring interventions for justice-involved LGBQ youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-175
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

Keywords

  • justice system
  • LGBQ
  • risk behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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