Lyons, Heidi Ann (2017). Heterosexual Casual Sex and STI Diagnosis: A Latent Class Analysis. International Journal of Sexual Health.
vol. 29 (1) pp. 32-47
Casual sex is common during the emerging adult life course stage, but little research has taken a person-centered approach to investigate if casual sexual behavior influences STI rates. Using a nationally representative sample and latent class analysis, results showed three distinctive latent classes. Abstainers were the least likely to have an STI, followed by the casual sex experienced, and then the casual sex risk-takers. Once other covariates were included in the model, there was no significant difference between the abstainers and casual sex experienced classes. These results highlight the need for future research to include diverse samples of emerging adults.
International Journal of Sexual Health
Lyons, Heidi Ann
October 5, 2016