Berger, Amanda (2010). Mediating effects of expected maternal reactions on the relationship between mother-daughter closeness and daughters' sexual activity. 2010 Add Health Users Conference.
Bethesda, MD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Center.
By identifying the factors that contribute to teenagers' motivation to avoid risky sexual behavior, it may be possible to identify predictors of sexual initiation and sex-related risks, including transmission of disease and teen pregnancy. Adolescents' decisions to initiate sexual activity or to have sex without contraception can be considered from examining the perceived benefits and risks of these decisions. Using longitudinal data from Wave I and II of The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health survey, analyses explore whether adolescent girls' decisions to have sex or to risk getting pregnant is influenced by the closeness of their relationship with their mothers, and whether this relationship is affected by the degree to which they think their mothers would be upset or embarrassed if they had sex or got pregnant. It is hypothesized that mother-daughter closeness may have both direct and indirect effects on the daughter's initiation of sex and contraceptive use, as mediated by the daughter's perception of maternal reactions to sexual activity or pregnancy. That is, it is hypothesized that the latter relationship is mediated by whether adolescent girls think their mothers would be upset if they had sex or if their family would be embarrassed if they got pregnant.
2010 Add Health Users Conference
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Center
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