Methamphetamine Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors in U.S. High School Students: Findings from a National Risk Behavior Survey

Methamphetamine Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors in U.S. High School Students: Findings from a... Background: Methamphetamine use is associated with numerous adverse physical and mental health outcomes. This study investigated the prevalence and distribution of lifetime methamphetamine use (MU) as well as the association between methamphetamine use and engagement in sexual risk behaviors among a nationally representative sample of U.S. high school students. Methods: A secondary analysis of the 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (n = 15,240) was carried out. Weighted descriptive and logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine the prevalence of MU by socio-demographic characteristics and the association between drug use and sexual risk behaviors. Results: Prevalence of having used methamphetamine ≥1 times (lifetime methamphetamine use) (7.6%; 95%CI ± 1.0) was comparable to lifetime cocaine use but over double the rate of lifetime heroin use. Males reported slightly higher MU than females (8.3%±1.4 vs. 6.8%±1.0). MU was more than twice as high for white (8.1%±1.1) and Hispanic (8.2%±2.2) students compared to black students (3.1%±1.0). MU was associated with ∼2 to 11 times the likelihood of engaging in one of the six sexual risk behaviors examined. Heavy methamphetamine users were >4 times more likely to report having had sexual intercourse before age 13, sex with multiple partners, and having been/gotten someone pregnant compared to those who used methamphetamine 1–2 times. Conclusion: Findings indicate that a substantial number of U.S. youth have used methamphetamine, that white and Hispanic high school students may be at higher risk for methamphetamine use, and that methamphetamine users may be at higher risk for engaging in sexual risk behaviors. Prevention Science Springer Journals

Methamphetamine Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors in U.S. High School Students: Findings from a National Risk Behavior Survey

Loading next page...
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2007 by Society of Prevention Research
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Health Psychology; Child and School Psychology
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site


You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.

DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • No expiration
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches


Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial

Best Deal — 39% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 39% off!
  • Billed annually
  • No expiration
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.



billed annually
Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial