This study was designed to assess the prevalence of conduct disorder (CD) among runaway and homeless adolescents and to investigate associations between CD and HIV risk behaviors.
The Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children and a standardized HIV risk assessment questionnaire were administered to 219 runaway and homeless adolescents recruited from a drop-in center serving high-risk youth.
One-half of the males and 60% of the females were diagnosed with CD.
In multivariate analyses, CD was the strongest predictor of lifetime use of heroin and/or cocaine and exchanging sex for money, drugs, food or shelter, as well as the number of drugs used and the number of sex partners in the 3 months preceding the interview.
The high rate of CD in this population, and the association between CD and both drug and sex-related HIV risk behaviors, indicate a need for interventions that consider the influence of this psychiatric diagnosis on high-risk behaviors.
Mots-clés Pascal : Sans domicile fixe, Fugue, Prise risque, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Comportement, Santé, Consommation, Substance toxicomanogène, Relation sexuelle, Adolescent, Homme, Trouble comportement social, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit, Trouble conduite
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Homeless, Running away, Risk taking, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Behavior, Health, Consumption, Drug of abuse, Sexual intercourse, Adolescent, Human, Social behavior disorder, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency, Conduct disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0545537
Code Inist : 002B18C04. Création : 24/03/1998.