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Childhood Adversity, Impulsivity, and HIV Knowledge as Predictors of Sexual Risk Outcomes in At-Risk Female Youth

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Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
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Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
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Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 19 February 2021 / Accepted: 1 March 2021 / Published: 23 March 2021
Sexual risk behavior in adolescence can lead to adverse health consequences, particularly for female youth. Most interventions focus on imparting knowledge about the consequences of such behaviors, even though little research has examined whether increasing such knowledge results in desired behavioral changes. Further, individual factors such as impulsivity and childhood adversity might moderate this relationship. We examined associations between HIV knowledge and sexual risk behavior and condom use efficacy in a sample of 122 at-risk females, aged 13–18. HIV knowledge was unrelated to sexual risk behavior, but positively related to condom use efficacy. Impulsivity and childhood adversity had direct effects, with no interaction effects. Increasing HIV knowledge may play an important role in promoting proximal predictors of safer sex practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: HIV knowledge; condom use efficacy; sexual risk behavior; adolescent; females; adverse childhood experiences; impulsivity HIV knowledge; condom use efficacy; sexual risk behavior; adolescent; females; adverse childhood experiences; impulsivity
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Kovensky, R.; Khurana, A.; Guyer, S.; Leve, L.D. Childhood Adversity, Impulsivity, and HIV Knowledge as Predictors of Sexual Risk Outcomes in At-Risk Female Youth. Adolescents 2021, 1, 56-69. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/adolescents1010006

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Kovensky R, Khurana A, Guyer S, Leve LD. Childhood Adversity, Impulsivity, and HIV Knowledge as Predictors of Sexual Risk Outcomes in At-Risk Female Youth. Adolescents. 2021; 1(1):56-69. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/adolescents1010006

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Kovensky, Rachel, Atika Khurana, Sally Guyer, and Leslie D. Leve 2021. "Childhood Adversity, Impulsivity, and HIV Knowledge as Predictors of Sexual Risk Outcomes in At-Risk Female Youth" Adolescents 1, no. 1: 56-69. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/adolescents1010006

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