Sexual orientation, sexual behaviors, and pregnancy among American Indian adolescents.
A recent study found a disproportionate number of pregnancies among Euro-American lesbian and bisexual adolescents compared to heterosexual peers.
American Indian adolescents have reported higher prevalence of gay/lesbian/bisexual orientations than EuroAmericans ; do they also report higher prevalence of pregnancy ?
The study assessed prevalence of teen pregnancy and related factors by sexual orientation among sexually experienced, reservation-based American Indian adolescent males (n=2056) and females (n=1693) who participated in a national school-based survey in 1991.
Self-reported orientation was classified as heterosexual, gay/lesbian/bisexual, and « unsure » of orientation.
Gay/bisexual males were more likely than other males to report early heterosexual intercourse (<14 years), more consistent contraception, and a higher prevalence of abuse and running away (p<0.05 to p<0.0001).
Likewise, lesbian/bisexual females were more likely to report early onset of heterosexual intercourse, more frequent intercourse, and running away.
Sexual or physical abuse did not vary by orientation for females.
Prevalence of pregnancy also did not vary by orientation (males, 18.6% gay/bisexual vs. 10.4% « unsure » vs. 11.8% heterosexual ; females, 25.0% lesbian/bisexual vs. 22.1% « unsure » vs. 21.9% heterosexual). (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Homosexualité, Bisexualité, Adolescent, Homme, Femelle, Amérindien, Prévalence, Gestation, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Adolescent, Human, Female, Amerindian, Prevalence, Pregnancy, Epidemiology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0064752
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 31/05/1999.