Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk-Taking Behavior Among Adolescents ABSTRACT Substance abuse by young people of both illicit and licit drugs are among the leading nation’s problem. This paper summarizes results from an experiment examining the relationship of adolescent substance use and dependence to sexual risk-taking behavior in late adolescence and young adulthood. The study examines self-reported sexual behaviors and substance involvement in a sample of both youth in substance abuse treatment programs and similar sociodemographically similar youth without histories of substance use disorders. The study resulted in youth who identify with substance problems are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors during adolescence and...The end:
..... transition into young adulthood. Adolescents treated for substance problems evidenced an early onset of sexual activity, more sexual partners, and less consistent use of condoms relative to sociodemographically comparable non-treated community peers. Risk-taking behaviors persisted well after adolescent treatment and into young adulthood, although the disparity between the treated and non-treated groups diminished with time. 25% of substance abuse-treated girls reported pregnancies during adolescence, a rate that far exceeded both the non-treated community sample and national statistics. These results of various studies answer the question initially hypothesized, in that yes, adolescent substance abuse increase sexual risk-taking behavior.