Discount rates and risky sexual behaviors among teenagers and young adults

Harrell W. Chesson, Jami S. Leichliter, Gregory Zimet, Susan L. Rosenthal, David I. Bernstein, Kenneth Fife

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-230
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Risk and Uncertainty
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

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Keywords

  • Discounting
  • Health
  • Risky sex
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Young people

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  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Discount rates and risky sexual behaviors among teenagers and young adults. / Chesson, Harrell W.; Leichliter, Jami S.; Zimet, Gregory; Rosenthal, Susan L.; Bernstein, David I.; Fife, Kenneth.

In: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Vol. 32, No. 3, 05.2006, p. 217-230.

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Chesson, Harrell W. ; Leichliter, Jami S. ; Zimet, Gregory ; Rosenthal, Susan L. ; Bernstein, David I. ; Fife, Kenneth. / Discount rates and risky sexual behaviors among teenagers and young adults. In: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. 2006 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 217-230.
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