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Abstracts of research poster presentation Session II: Sexual behavior and contraception| Volume 48, ISSUE 2, SUPPLEMENT , S104-S105, February 01, 2011

168. Are Life Experiences of Instability Related to Sexual Risk Behaviors Among High Risk Adolescent Girls?

      Purpose: Reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI) are important goals for improving adolescent health. Research has identified a complex array of risk and protective factors, both individual and contextual, which influence sexual risk behaviors directly linked to pregnancy and STI. One particularly salient contextual factor may be the experience of living in social contexts that are unstable, unpredictable and chaotic. Instability in individual and family contexts includes experiences with violence, substance use, family disengagement, and unsafe homes. The purpose of this study was to examine longitudinal relationships between indicators of individual and family instability and sexual risk behaviors among sexually active adolescent girls at high risk for pregnancy and STI.
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