A Longitudinal Study of Sexual Risk Behavior Among the Adolescent Children of HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Drug-Abusing Fathers
May 3, 2010
The current longitudinal study examines precursors of sexual risk behavior among a cohort of adolescent children of HIV-positive and HIV-negative drug-abusing or drug-dependent fathers.
In addition, greater paternal addiction and being HIV-positive were associated with weaker father-child attachment; this, in turn, was linked to increased maladjustment and substance use by the adolescent. An enhanced perception of environmental hostility (discrimination and victimization), a weak father-child relationship, and greater maladjustment and substance use by the teens were identified as direct pathways to adolescent sexual risk behavior.
"Findings suggest complex interrelationships among paternal, environmental, social, personal and substance use factors as longitudinal predictors of sexual risk behavior in children whose fathers abuse or are dependent upon drugs," the authors concluded. "The importance of perceived environmental hostility, the father-child relationship and adolescent maladjustment and substance use may have implications for public policy as well as prevention and treatment programs."
Journal of Adolescent Health
03.2010; Vol. 46; No. 3: P. 224-231; David W. Brook, MD; Judith S. Brook; EdD; Elizabeth Rubenstone, BA; Chenshu Zhang, PhD; Stephen J. Finch, PhD
Characteristics Associated With Sex After Periods of Abstinence Among Sexually Experienced Young Women
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.