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Gender Differences in Conduct Disorder and Risky Sexual Behavior

Investigators looked at the gender differences in the association between conduct disorders (CD) and risky sexual behavior. The study recruited 616 youth participants from primary care clinics and asked questions related to risky sexual behavior, alcohol and marijuana use, and (CD). Results showed that females who had four or more lifetime partners, had two or more partners in the last 3 months, and engaged in condom-less sex were more likely to be diagnosed with CD, while males who showed higher odds of CD were more likely to use alcohol/substances before sex.

The study “Gender differences in the association between conduct disorder and risky sexual behavior,” is published in the Journal of Adolescence. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supported this research effort.

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