OBJECTIVES: This study documented risk behaviors among homosexually and bisexually experienced adolescents. METHODS: Data were obtained from a random sample of high school students in Massachusetts. Violence, substance use, and suicide behaviors were compared between students with same-sex experience and those reporting only heterosexual contact. Differences in prevalence and standard errors of the differences were calculated. RESULTS: Students reporting same-sex contact were more likely to report fighting and victimization, frequent use of alcohol, other drug use, and recent suicidal behaviors. CONCLUSIONS: Students with same-sex experience may be at elevated risk of injury, disease, and death resulting from violence, substance abuse, and suicidal behaviors.


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A H Faulkner, and K CranstonMassachusetts Department of Education AIDS/HIV Program, Malden, USA. “Correlates of same-sex sexual behavior in a random sample of Massachusetts high school students.”, American Journal of Public Health 88, no. 2 (February 1, 1998): pp. 262-266.


PMID: 9491018