Using the primary socialization theory to predict substance use and sexual risk behaviors between Black and White adolescents

Citation

Gordon, Mellissa S.; Francis, Shelley A.; & Thorpe, Roland J. (2010). Using the primary socialization theory to predict substance use and sexual risk behaviors between Black and White adolescents. Substance Use and Misuse. vol. 45 (13) pp. 2113-2129 , PMCID: PMC3109747

Abstract

Using the Primary Socialization Theory (PST), we examined substance use and sexual risk-taking behaviors between Black (N = 1,464) and White (N = 3,946) adolescents in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Wave 1, public use (Add Health). Self-reported substance use and sexual risk-taking behaviors, PST constructs, and covariates were assessed using regression modeling techniques. Black youth were more likely to initiate sex, while White youth were more likely to report lifetime alcohol use. The PST predicted risk for White but not Black youth. The study's limitations are noted, and implications for future research are discussed.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10826081003682248

Keyword(s)

Sexual Behavior

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Substance Use and Misuse

Author(s)

Gordon, Mellissa S.
Francis, Shelley A.
Thorpe, Roland J.

Year Published

2010

Volume Number

45

Issue Number

13

Pages

2113-2129

ISSN/ISBN

1082-6084

DOI

10.3109/10826081003682248

PMCID

PMC3109747

Reference ID

1240