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Discount rates and risky sexual behaviors among teenagers and young adults

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  • Harrell Chesson

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  • Jami Leichliter
  • Gregory Zimet
  • Susan Rosenthal
  • David Bernstein
  • Kenneth Fife
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    This article examines the relationship between personal discount rates and sexual behaviors in a sample of teenagers and young adults. We find that higher discount rates (an indication of less willingness to forego current consumption for future consumption) are significantly associated with a range of sexual behaviors, including ever having sex, having sex before age 16 years, and past or current pregnancy. These associations are consistent with previous studies showing a link between discounting and other, non-sexual health behaviors. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Risk and Uncertainty.

    Volume (Year): 32 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 (May)
    Pages: 217-230

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:32:y:2006:i:3:p:217-230

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    Keywords: Discounting; Health; Sexually transmitted diseases; Risky sex; Young people;

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