Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Associations between Lifetime Sexual Partners and Health Risk Behaviors in a Representative Sample of United States College Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Associations between Lifetime Sexual Partners and Health Risk Behaviors in a Representative Sample of United States College Students

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Roberta J. Ogletree, Southern Illinois University--Carbondale, and Mary K. Dinger and Sara K. Vesely, University of Oklahoma

The purpose of the study was to examine associations between lifetime sexual partners and other health risk behaviors in a representative sample of U.S. college students. Data from the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRBS) were analyzed to explore associations between the number of lifetime sexual partners and seatbelt use, drinking and driving, carrying a weapon, physical fighting, suicide ideation, cigarette smoking, body mass index, and fruit and vegetable consumption. Students under 25 years of age and who had never been married at the time they completed the survey (n = 2,587) were included in the analysis. Descriptive statistics and crude odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated and logistic regression models were employed to determine adjusted odds ratios (AOR) and 95% CIs using SUDAAN Release 7.5.3. Results revealed that having had two or more lifetime sexual partners was associated with several negative health behaviors in college students after adjusti ng for age, sex, and race. Seatbelt use (AOR = 2.76; CI=2.08, 3.66), drinking and driving (AOR = 3.83; CI = 3. …

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