Sexual behavior, drug use, and aids knowledge among midwestern runaways

Gregory D. Zimet, Elisa J. Sobo, Teena Zimmerman, Joann Jackson, Joan Mortimer, Carlyn P. Yanda, Rina Lazebnik

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The authors evaluated sexual behaviors, drug use, and AIDS knowledge among Cleveland runaways (N = 108). Results indicated variable rates of risky sexual behaviors, minimal illicit drug use, and high levels of knowledge about true behavioral risks for HIV infection. These runaways demonstrated less frequent health-compromising sexual behavior and drug use compared to runaways described in other studies. Assumptions should not be made that all runaway youths engage in an unusually high rate of risky behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-462
Number of pages13
JournalYouth & Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Zimet, G. D., Sobo, E. J., Zimmerman, T., Jackson, J., Mortimer, J., Yanda, C. P., & Lazebnik, R. (1995). Sexual behavior, drug use, and aids knowledge among midwestern runaways. Youth & Society, 26(4), 450-462.