Discount rates and risky sexual behaviors among teenagers and young adults

Published on May 1, 2006in Journal of Risk and Uncertainty1.723
· DOI :10.1007/S11166-006-9520-1
Harrell W. Chesson35
Estimated H-index: 35
(CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),
Jami S. Leichliter31
Estimated H-index: 31
(CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
+ 3 AuthorsKenneth H. Fife43
Estimated H-index: 43
(IU: Indiana University)
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.
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