Friends Don't Let Friends Have Risky Sex After
MONDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- College students use a
number of strategies to prevent their female friends from engaging
in risky sexual behavior after a night of heavy drinking, new
Researchers interviewed 141 U.S. college students and found that
three-quarters of them said they would persuade a female friend not
to go home with a new male acquaintance or that they would make
sure she arrived home safely.
The participants listed three ways they would attempt to ensure
the safety of a female friend:
- They would remind their friend about the potential negative
social and health consequences, such as getting pregnant,
developing a bad reputation, and regretting their decision the next
- They would distract or trick their friend by taking them to get
food, or putting them in a cab to go home.
- They would directly confront their friend, telling them that
they need to leave, or if necessary, physically removing them from
But the likelihood of students taking these actions depend on
how well they know the female friend and the male acquaintance.
Students are more likely to step in and protect a friend in what
they deem a risky situation, but are more willing to let a female
friend go home with a male acquaintance if both they and their
friends know him.
"Our research suggests that the claim that college students routinely engage in risky sexual behavior while intoxicated may be exaggerated," Linda C. Lederman, a professor of communication at Arizona State University, said in a university news release.
The study was published in the July issue of the journal
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
health and safety for college students.
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