Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Sexual and Drug-Taking Behaviors of Adolescents in Southern Russia

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Sexual and Drug-Taking Behaviors of Adolescents in Southern Russia

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R. Mark Kelley, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Marcia Ball, Jennie Cerullo, Youth at the CrossRoads International, Steve Johnston and Elena Trunova, Youth at the CrossRoads-Russia, and Svetlana Fazulianova, Samara Education Development Center

The purpose of the study was to investigate sexuality and drug-taking behaviors in adolescents in the Samara region of southern Russia. The participants for the study were 290 students in 14 public schools in the Samara region. The majority of the participants were girls (52.1%), 10th grade (63.8%), and were 15 years old (60%). The instrument was developed from a variety of previously published instruments. Translation of the instrument was done in conjunction with the Center for Education Development in Samara Russia. Twenty-four percent of the participants indicated they did not drink, while 51.4% drank 1-3 drinks per month and 21.7% drank 4-6 drinks per month. For those who had begun drinking, the most commonly reported ages of first alcohol consumption were 12-13 (35.9%) and 14-15 years (31.4%). Most of the participants did not smoke cigarettes (68. …

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