Correlates of casual sex among African-American female teens

Richard A. Crosby, Ralph J. Diclemente, Gina M. Wingood, Catlainn Sionean, Brenda K. Cobb, Kathy Harrington, Susan L. Davies, I. I.I. Edward Hook, M. Kim Oh

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This study identified correlates of reporting voluntary sex with casual partner (VS-CP) among African American adolescent females. Sexually active African-American female teens (N = 522) were recruited from neighborhoods characterized by high rates of unemployment, substance abuse, violence and STDs. Of the 609 eligible adolescents, 522 (85.7%) agreed to participate in the study. VS-CP was reported by 15.9% of adolescents. Identified correlates of VS-CP were acquiescing to unwanted sex, living with a non-parent relative, never being pregnant, rejecting messages about the value of condoms for disease prevention, low parental supervision, and dissatisfaction with body image. These correlates may be important in the targeting and design of STD/HIV prevention programs for African -American adolescent females.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education for Adolescents and Children
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS, National Institute of Mental Health (1R01 MH54412) to the second author. Drs. Crosby and Sionean were supported through an Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine/CDC STD Prevention Fellowship.


  • African-American adolescents
  • Casual partners
  • Sexual behaviors
  • Sexual networks
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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