Wade, Jeannette (2022). Contextualizing race and sex-related health disparities: doing difference and sexual risk behaviors. Social Theory & Health.
Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are a group of illnesses that disproportionately impact emerging adults, ages 18–25, African Americans, and men. The current study serves to contextualize race and sex-based trends by testing for the impact of gender traits, or sex roles. Data come from the Longitudinal Study of Adolescent and Adult Health (ADD Health) and includes White and African American respondents ages 18–25. Results of regression analyses showed (1) male sex and African American race increases the likelihood of condom use, (2) employment decreases the likelihood of condom use, and (3) African American race and masculine gender traits predict greater numbers of sexual partners. This study suggests social psychological aspects of race and gender promote sexual risk taking in emerging adulthood and should be considered in future studies and related interventions.
Men and masculinity
Social Theory & Health