CitationKhurana, Atika; Snyder, Anastasia; Cooksey, Elizabeth C.; Bartle-Haring, Suzanne; & Gavazzi, Stephen (2010). A longitudinal examination of maternal an dneighborhood influences on adolescent risky sexual behaviors and STI diagnosis. 2010 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.
AbstractPast research has identified numerous individual and contextual risk factors to be associated with adolescent risky sexual behaviors and related outcomes. However, the mechanisms by which these contexts interact with each other to influence adolescent sexual behaviors are not very well known. In the present study, an ecological approach was used to examine independent and combined effects of maternal and neighborhood influences on adolescent risky sexual behaviors and STI diagnosis, using data from Wave I and Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Findings suggest that higher frequency of maternal sexual communication can moderate the negative impact of neighborhood disadvantage on adolescents’ probability of having multiple (≥ 6) sexual partners, specifically among white youth. While maternal sexual communication can play a critical role in reducing adolescents’ risk of having multiple sexual partners, its effect is determined in part by adolescents’ perceptions of maternal disapproving attitudes, especially among racial minority youth and male adolescents. Furthermore, maternal variables are likely to have a significant protective influence on adolescent risky sexual behaviors only when occurring prior to adolescent sexual debut.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book Title2010 Add Health Users Conference
Cooksey, Elizabeth C.