Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior in Sexual Minority Hispanic Adolescents

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Purpose This study examines substance use and sexual risk in sexual minority Hispanic adolescents (SMHAs) relative to their heterosexual counterparts. Methods Baseline data (total, n=1,632; SMHA, n=195) from five completed trials of a family-based intervention for Hispanic adolescents were synthesized. SMHA were identified by self-reported anal/vaginal/oral sex with a partner of the same gender (SMHA vs. non-SMHA). Dichotomous outcomes were lifetime and past 90-day cigarette, alcohol and illicit drug use, past 90-day condomless sex, and condom use at last sex. Logistic regression models controlled for sociodemographic and study-level characteristics testing the association between sexual minority status and each outcome. Results SMHA reported significantly more substance use than non-SMHA, including lifetime cigarette and illicit drug use. Adjusted odds of lifetime use for all substances and past 90-day cigarette use (AOR = 3.07; 95% confidence interval: 1.50–6.31) were significantly higher in SMHA. Conclusions SMHA substance use etiology should be explored to inform tailored intervention development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-601
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarette
  • Drug
  • Gay
  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • Sexual minority
  • Sexual risk
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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