CitationEitle, David & Thorsen, Maggie (2018). School contextual factors and race differences in adolescent sexual behaviors. International Journal of Sexual Health. vol. 30 (3) pp. 309-322
AbstractAlthough there exist a voluminous number of studies examining predictors of adolescent sexual behavior, few studies have explored the role of the school social context in influencing teen sexual activity generally and specifically, the role that school contextual factors play in helping understand race differences in risky sexual behaviors. Using data from a nationally representative school-based survey of American youth in Grades 7?12, we find support for our core hypothesis that school contextual factors are associated with risky sexual behavior, number of sexual partners, and ever having sex, albeit it nuanced ways and that such factors cannot account for much of the race gap in adolescent sexual behavior. We interpret these findings to be more supportive of a social contagion model (versus a school climate model).
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Sexual Health