Understanding motivations for sex among detained youth: Implications for HIV prevention programs

Dexter R. Voisin, Laura F. Salazar, Richard A. Crosby, Ralph J. DiClemente

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This investigation examined reasons for having sex among a sample of 369 African-American and White adolescent detainees, aged 14-18. Using A-CASI technology, sociodemographic variables and motivations for having sex were assessed among this population. Findings indicated that adolescents hold underlying motivations for having sex and that these differ to some degree by gender, SES, but less by race. For programs to be optimally effective, program goals should address gender and SES differentials for having sex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-41
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported, in part, by the Emory Center for AIDS Research (NIH/NIAID 2 P30 AI50409-04A1), the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University, and a grant from the University Research Council at Emory University.


  • Detainees
  • HIV interventions
  • Motivations for sex
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Infectious Diseases


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