Psychological correlates of trading sex for money among African American crack cocaine smokers

Jan M.H. Risser, Sandra C. Timpson, Sheryl A. McCurdy, Michael W. Ross, Mark L. Williams

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This article compares demographic characteristics, sexual practices, and psychosocial status among 193 African American female crack cocaine users who currently, previously, or never traded sex for money. Current traders were less likely to have a main sexual partner, more likely to have a casual sexual partner, and more likely to smoke larger quantities of crack. There was a significant trend towards current traders reporting lower self-esteem, greater depression and anxiety, poorer decision-making confidence, more hostility, less social conformity, greater risk taking behaviors, and more problems growing up, compared to previous and never traders. These differences suggest that interventions should address self-esteem, risk-taking practices, depression and anxiety as well as other psychosocial factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-653
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • African American
  • Crack cocaine
  • Psychosocial
  • Sexual behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Women

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