Campus Units

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

8-1-2008

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Black Psychology

Volume

34

Issue

3

First Page

399

Last Page

420

DOI

10.1177%2F0095798408320716

Abstract

Little research has examined the links between role status changes during the transition to adulthood and sexual behaviors that place African Americans at risk for sexually transmitted infections. Moreover, the mediating processes that explain these links, or protective factors that may buffer young adults from risky sexual behavior, are unknown. African American young adults who had either completed or dropped out of high school (ages 18 to 21, N = 186) provided information regarding their sexual behavior, role status, substance use, peer affiliations, religiosity, and receipt of protective family processes. Anticipated school attendance, part-time rather than full-time employment, and residence in a dorm or barracks rather than with peers or alone were negatively associated with risk behavior. Parenthood was positively associated with risk behavior; affiliation with peers who encourage risky sex partially accounted for this effect. Substance use fully accounted for the effect of part-time versus full-time employment on sexual risk behavior. Protective family processes and religiosity moderated the association of parenthood with sexual risk behavior. Prospective studies on these processes are warranted.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article published as Kogan, Steven M., Gene H. Brody, Frederick X. Gibbons, Velma McBride Murry, Carolyn E. Cutrona, Ronald L. Simons, Gina Wingood, and Ralph DiClemente. "The influence of role status on risky sexual behavior among African Americans during the transition to adulthood." Journal of Black Psychology 34, no. 3 (2008): 399-420. DOI: 10.1177%2F0095798408320716. Posted with permission from SAGE Publications.

Copyright Owner

SAGE Publications

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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