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The Association between Substance Abuse and Sexual Misconduct among Macau Youths

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Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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School of Social Sciences, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(9), 1643; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16091643
Received: 8 February 2019 / Revised: 1 May 2019 / Accepted: 4 May 2019 / Published: 11 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Substance Abuse, Environment and Public Health)
This study investigates how peer influence, school attachment, and substance abuse are related to sexual behavior, with particular interest in exploring the relationship between substance abuse and sexual misconduct, while using a stratified random sample of adolescents in Macau. Mediation analyses were employed. The results show that substance abuse, apart from susceptibility to peer influence and school attachment/commitment, was significantly related to sexual misconduct. Substance abuse was the best predictor of sexual misconduct, and it significantly mediated the relationship between susceptibility to peer influence, as well as school attachment and sexual misconduct. This reflects that the use of substances, including drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, can be viewed as a catalyst for triggering engagement in sexual misconduct. The implications of this study involve taking measures to reduce the rate of substance abuse as a way of decreasing sexual misconduct in adolescents. Future research directions in exploring the relationship between adolescent substance abuse and risky sexual behavior are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer influence; school attachment; substance abuse; sexual behavior; youth; Macau peer influence; school attachment; substance abuse; sexual behavior; youth; Macau
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Lo, T.W.; Tse, J.W.L.; Cheng, C.H.K.; Chan, G.H.Y. The Association between Substance Abuse and Sexual Misconduct among Macau Youths. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1643. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16091643

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Lo TW, Tse JWL, Cheng CHK, Chan GHY. The Association between Substance Abuse and Sexual Misconduct among Macau Youths. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(9):1643. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16091643

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Lo, T. W., John W.L. Tse, Christopher H.K. Cheng, and Gloria H.Y. Chan 2019. "The Association between Substance Abuse and Sexual Misconduct among Macau Youths" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 9: 1643. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16091643

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