ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — A new study finds that young women rarely use condoms during sex with boyfriends who are their primary spending money source.
Researchers from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and Emory University obtained data from 715 black adolescent women, aged 15 to 22, living in the urban Atlanta area.
The study – published in the Journal of Adolescent Health – found that 50 percent of women who said their boyfriend was their primary source for money were less likely to use protection during sex. Also, women whose boyfriends owned a car were more likely never to use a condom.
“We live in a consumerist society in which people may feel that they cannot belong unless they have certain things,” lead author Janet Rosenbaum, Ph.D. at University of Maryland, said in the study, according to Health Behavior News Service.
Nearly 25 percent of the women surveyed said their boyfriends were their primary money source.
“Safe sex interventions and clinicians must consider economic factors that may interfere with adolescents’ practice of safe sex,” the authors say in the study, according to Health Behavior News Service.
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