Sex, drugs and STDs: preliminary findings from the Belfast Youth Development Study

Kareena McAloney, Patrick McCrystal, Andrew Percy

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Young people's participation in sexual risk behaviours is commonly linked with participation in a range of other risky behaviours, and in particular with substance use behaviours. This cross-sectional analysis of the sixth sweep of the Belfast Youth Development Study aimed to examine associations between substance use and sexual activity and related risks among 17–19-year olds in Northern Ireland. Being sexual activity and participating in sexual risk behaviours was associated with the use of a range of licit and illicit substances particularly alcohol and ecstasy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-453
Number of pages11
JournalDrugs Education Prevention and Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010



  • substance use
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • Northern Ireland
  • young people

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