Risk factors differ according to same-sex and opposite-sex interest

J Biosoc Sci. 2005 Jul;37(4):481-97. doi: 10.1017/s0021932004006765.


Are risk behaviours in adolescence differentiated according to same-sex vs opposite-sex interest? For all respondents a five-point scale of interest in each sex used information from both of the first two in-home waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Logistic regression predicted the probability of experiencing each risk behaviour from the same-sex and opposite-sex interest scores. Same-sex interests have more effect on emotional risk, and opposite-sex interests have more effect on substance use. Nevertheless, all risk variables except boys' depression are responsive to both same-sex and opposite-sex interest. The same-sex interest component of risk is attributed to the emotional strain of living with an anomalous sex interest in a heterosexual society.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Counseling
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Fathers
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States / epidemiology