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Psychiatric disorders and risky sexual behaviour in young adulthood: cross sectional study in birth cohort.

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Ramrakha, S; Caspi, A; Dickson, N; Moffitt, TE; Paul, C
Published in: BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
July 2000

To determine if risky sexual intercourse, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual intercourse at an early age are associated with psychiatric disorder.Cross sectional study of a birth cohort at age 21 years with assessments presented by computer (for sexual behaviour) and by trained interviewers (for psychiatric disorder).New Zealand in 1993-4.992 study members (487 women) from the Dunedin multidisciplinary health and development study. Complete data were available on both measures for 930 study members.Psychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression, eating disorder, substance dependence, antisocial disorder, mania, schizophrenia spectrum) and measures of sexual behaviour.Young people diagnosed with substance dependence, schizophrenia spectrum, and antisocial disorders were more likely to engage in risky sexual intercourse, contract sexually transmitted diseases, and have sexual intercourse at an early age (before 16 years). Unexpectedly, so were young people with depressive disorders. Young people with mania were more likely to report risky sexual intercourse and have sexually transmitted diseases. The likelihood of risky behaviour was increased by psychiatric comorbidity.There is a clear association between risky sexual behaviour and common psychiatric disorders. Although the temporal relation is uncertain, the results indicate the need to coordinate sexual medicine with mental health services in the treatment of young people.

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BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

DOI

EISSN

1756-1833

ISSN

0959-8138

Publication Date

July 2000

Volume

321

Issue

7256

Start / End Page

263 / 266

Related Subject Headings

  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Risk-Taking
  • New Zealand
  • Mental Disorders
  • Male
  • Humans
  • General & Internal Medicine
  • Female
 

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Ramrakha, S., Caspi, A., Dickson, N., Moffitt, T. E., & Paul, C. (2000). Psychiatric disorders and risky sexual behaviour in young adulthood: cross sectional study in birth cohort. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 321(7256), 263–266. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7256.263
Ramrakha, S., A. Caspi, N. Dickson, T. E. Moffitt, and C. Paul. “Psychiatric disorders and risky sexual behaviour in young adulthood: cross sectional study in birth cohort.BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.) 321, no. 7256 (July 2000): 263–66. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7256.263.
Ramrakha S, Caspi A, Dickson N, Moffitt TE, Paul C. Psychiatric disorders and risky sexual behaviour in young adulthood: cross sectional study in birth cohort. BMJ (Clinical research ed). 2000 Jul;321(7256):263–6.
Ramrakha, S., et al. “Psychiatric disorders and risky sexual behaviour in young adulthood: cross sectional study in birth cohort.BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), vol. 321, no. 7256, July 2000, pp. 263–66. Epmc, doi:10.1136/bmj.321.7256.263.
Ramrakha S, Caspi A, Dickson N, Moffitt TE, Paul C. Psychiatric disorders and risky sexual behaviour in young adulthood: cross sectional study in birth cohort. BMJ (Clinical research ed). 2000 Jul;321(7256):263–266.

Published In

BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

DOI

EISSN

1756-1833

ISSN

0959-8138

Publication Date

July 2000

Volume

321

Issue

7256

Start / End Page

263 / 266

Related Subject Headings

  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Risk-Taking
  • New Zealand
  • Mental Disorders
  • Male
  • Humans
  • General & Internal Medicine
  • Female