Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience of Adolescent Sexual Risk and Alcohol Use

Sarah W. Feldstein Ewing, Sephira G. Ryman, Arielle S. Gillman, Barbara J. Weiland, Rachel E. Thayer, Angela D. Bryan

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Human adolescents engage in very high rates of unprotected sex. This behavior has a high potential for unintended, serious, and sustained health consequences including HIV/AIDS. Despite these serious health consequences, we know little about the neural and cognitive factors that influence adolescents’ decision-making around sex, and their potential overlap with behaviorally co-occurring risk behaviors, including alcohol use. Thus, in this review, we evaluate the developmental neuroscience of sexual risk and alcohol use for human adolescents with an eye to relevant prevention and intervention implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS and Behavior
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol use
  • Brain
  • HIV
  • Sexual risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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