Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a club drug that produces feelings of euphoria, increased sexual excitation, and decreased inhibitions with common side effects including nausea, vomiting, and loss of consciousness. This study investigates correlates of GHB use including drug use behavior, sexual risk taking, sexually transmitted infections and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and impulsivity. Data were collected through community-based programs at the Center for Behavioral Research and Services in Long Beach, California. Bivariate analysis revealed that lifetime GHB use is associated with the use of many other drugs and is most strongly associated with the use of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and ketamine. GHB use is also associated with increased sexual risk taking, syphilis, HIV infection, and impulsivity level. Mediation models reveal GHB to be an important mediator between impulsivity and sexual risk taking.
|Advisor:||Fisher, Dennis G.|
|Commitee:||Davis, Jeffrey P., Thoman, Dustin B.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Epidemiology|
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