Sex, drugs and STDs: Preliminary findings from the Belfast Youth Development Study

Kareena McAloney, Patrick McCrystal, Andrew Percy

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Young people's participation in sexual risk behaviours is commonly linked with participation in a range of other risky behaviours, and in particular with substance use behaviours. This cross-sectional analysis of the sixth sweep of the Belfast Youth Development Study aimed to examine associations between substance use and sexual activity and related risks among 17-19-year olds in Northern Ireland. Being sexual activity and participating in sexual risk behaviours was associated with the use of a range of licit and illicit substances particularly alcohol and ecstasy. Additionally, females were more likely to have been tested for a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The findings add to the existing research body suggesting that substance misuse and sexual risk behaviours tend to co-occur in adolescence and highlight a need to develop appropriate interventions and initiatives for school aged young people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-453
Number of pages11
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)


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