ERIC Number: ED153124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Socialization and Heterosexual Behavior.
Micklin, Michael; And Others
This research plan focuses on selected determinants of sexual behavior and contraceptive use for a stratified quota sample of adolescent boys and girls. Attention is concentrated on the socialization processes through which these youth develop attitudes toward heterosexual behavior and the ways in which these attitudes as well as situational opportunities to engage in heterosexual behavior produce variations in patterns of heterosexual interaction during the adolescent years. The research is guided by an analytic model of the stages of heterosexual behavior, which include (1) cross-sex friendships; (2) dating; (3) sexual foreplay; (4) coitus without contraception; and (5) coitus with contraception. Behavior within these stages, as well as the probability of transition from one stage to another, is hypothesized to result most directly from the interaction of the adolescent's attitudes and opportunities related to heterosexual conduct. The study design incorporates longitudinal as well as cross-sectional procedures. Parents and peers, in addition to the adolescents, provide a "triangulated" perspective on the influences and processes through which sexual attitudes and opportunities are developed and the conditions under which patterns of heterosexual behavior are formed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Battelle Memorial Inst., Seattle, WA. Population Study Center.