Objective: This study sought to characterize the type and extent of risky sexual behaviors among help-seeking adolescents in the psychiatric population, and to assess the relevant psychosocial risk factors for these behaviors. Methods: We enrolled of 89 adolescent psychiatric patients who sought help at two general hospitals and a psychiatric center in Taipei during a one-year period. The age of those patients ranged from 12 to 22 years old. Information of risky sexual behaviors were collected by well-validated questionnaire. Results: Among those 89 adolescent psychiatric patients, 39 (43.7%) had participated in risky sexual behaviors. Smoking (OR=10.01, 95% CI:2.53-39.57) and poor family relationships (OR=5.85, 95% CI: 1.58-21.64) were significantly associated with risky sexual behaviors. Conclusions: Smoking habits and poor family relationships can identifying those at high risk of hazardous sexual behavior among adolescents seeking psychiatric help.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
- risky sexual behaviors
- psychosocial factors