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Columbia Research Links Risky Behaviors of Gambling and Sex

Late adolescence is a period when many youth become involved in high-risk behaviors with adverse consequences. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University studied the degree to which two such behaviors, adolescent sexual behaviors and gambling, affected African American youth in nine primary schools in Baltimore, MD. In data collected from a cohort study, they assessed whether certain adolescent sexual behaviors linked with unintended consequences such as adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI) are associated with gambling behaviors. The study, “Gambling and Sexual Behaviors in African-American Adolescents”, is online in Addictive Behaviors.