Individual, Familial, Friends-Related and Contextual Predictors of Early Sexual Intercourse

Individual, Familial, Friends-Related and Contextual Predictors of Early Sexual Intercourse

Individual, Familial, Friends-Related and Contextual Predictors of Early Sexual Intercourse

Individual, Familial, Friends-Related and Contextual Predictors of Early Sexual Intercourses

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Référence bibliographique [342]

Boislard P., Marie-Aude et Poulin, François. 2011. «Individual, Familial, Friends-Related and Contextual Predictors of Early Sexual Intercourse ». Journal of Adolescence, vol. 34, no 2, p. 289-300.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The goal of this paper is to discriminate young people who have sexual intercourse the earliest (early starters) from delayers and virgins using individual, family and friend features that have been associated with early sexual activity in previous research. Independent variables are youths’ characteristics (i.e. age, depressive symptoms, academic achievement, antisocial behavior and substance use), parent– child relationship features (i.e. youth self-disclosure, parental control, conflict) and friends’ characteristics (i.e. gender, age, substance use). » (p. 290)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
Les participants à cette étude proviennent de deux études longitudinales. Deux échantillons en sont issus pour les fins de la présente étude : le premier comprend 265 adolescents et le second, 136 adolescents.

Instruments:
Questionnaires

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


First of all, results showed that « […] early onset of sexual activity was associated with antisocial behaviors and substance use in both samples. » (p. 295) Secondly, « […] three family factors discriminated between adolescents who started sexual activity earlier and those who postponed it until age 16 or later: child’s disclosure, parental control and family structure. » (p. 295) Also, the authors found that « […] having several other-sex friends may indicate a greater interest in such relationships, thus increasing both the opportunities of engaging in intimate relationships and of meeting potential sexual partners. » (p. 296) However, « [f]riends’ mean age did not have a significant effect on age at first intercourse in our samples. » (p. 296) Lastly, three variables « […] significantly discriminate the groups among both urban and suburban samples. Specifically, living in a non-intact family, reporting high levels of antisocial behaviors and having a larger proportion of other-sex friends all contributed uniquely to distinguishing early starters from delayers and virgins. » (p. 296)