Romantic Relationship Characteristics and Alcohol Use: Longitudinal Associations With Dual Method Contraception Use
Journal of Adolescent Health, 02/24/2012
Bailey JA et al. – Efforts to promote dual method contraception among young adults should include messages discouraging drinking before sex and supporting dual method use even in the context of committed relationships.
Hierarchical linear modeling analyses were conducted using longitudinal data from 754 sexually active male and female young adults aged 20–23 years.
Dependent variables included both any dual method contraception use and consistent dual method contraception use.
Between 15% and 20% of respondents reported consistent dual method contraception use at each time point.
Longer relationship length and more committed relationship type were associated with a lower probability of both any and consistent dual method contraception use.
Situational alcohol use (drinking before sex), but not global alcohol use, also was related to a lower probability of both any and consistent dual method contraception use.
Increasing age was associated with a lower probability of any dual method contraception use, but was not related to consistent dual method use.
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