Depression, stress, and social support as predictors of high-risk sexual behaviors and STIs in young women

J Adolesc Health. 2006 Oct;39(4):601-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2006.02.004. Epub 2006 Jul 10.


A total of 403 women (aged 14-25 years) were surveyed to determine the association of psychosocial variables with risky sexual behaviors and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Depression, stress, and low social support were associated with high-risk sexual behaviors and past STIs. When comparing adolescent women (aged 14-19) to young women (aged 20-25), the adolescents had stronger associations with the outcome variables.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pennsylvania / epidemiology
  • Psychosocial Deprivation*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / diagnosis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / etiology*
  • Stress, Psychological*