Association between cannabis use and sexual risk behavior among young heterosexual adults

Brodbeck, Jeannette; Matter, Monika; Moggi, Franz (2006). Association between cannabis use and sexual risk behavior among young heterosexual adults. AIDS and behavior, 10(5), pp. 599-605. New York, N.Y.: Springer 10.1007/s10461-006-9103-9

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To study the association between cannabis use and frequent sexual risk behavior, we tested the hypothesis of a situational influence of cannabis use in sexual encounters using a combination of global association study and event-level analysis and examined possible mediator variables, including the personality trait of hedonism/risk preference, psychosocial stress, and HIV-related beliefs, using mediation models. The results of a computer-assisted telephone interview of a random sample of 2790 heterosexual men and women aged 16-24 years showed that risky sexual behavior was more frequent in cannabis-using men and women than in non-using persons. The results did not support a situational effect of cannabis intoxication on sexual risk behavior. The more frequent sexual risk behavior among cannabis users was mediated by decreased intentions to use HIV protection, by lower HIV-self-efficacy, and higher risk preference/hedonism. Only among women psychosocial stress was a partial mediator. The findings show that HIV prevention programs for cannabis-using young adults should emphasize the role of person variables instead of situation variables.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Management

UniBE Contributor:

Brodbeck Roos, Jeannette; Matter, Monika and Moggi, Franz

ISSN:

1090-7165

ISBN:

16691461

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:51

Last Modified:

01 Sep 2020 19:08

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10461-006-9103-9

PubMed ID:

16691461

Web of Science ID:

000240015500015

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.21523

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/21523 (FactScience: 7318)

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