Assessing sexuality attitudes and behaviors and correlates of alcohol and drugs

Joseph Donnelly, Eva S. Goldfarb, Heather Ferraro, Carolyn Eadie, David F. Duncan

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The association between sexual abstinence and use of alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana was examined in data from questionnaires completed by 874 students in Grades 6 and 8 at six urban schools. These students participated in a program that implemented and evaluated an educational program on abstinence sexuality. It focused on raising self-esteem, improving communication skills, and learning to set life goals. The evalution instrument contained items assessing sexuality and attitudes toward behaviors related to drug use. Use of each (alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana) was significantly (p<.00001) and positively associated with self-report of having experienced sexual intercourse and expectation of having intercourse during the next year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-853
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number3 PART 1
StatePublished - Jun 2001


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