ERIC Number: ED344129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Family Type as a Predictor of Sexual Intercourse and Alcohol Use in Young Adolescents.
Manners, Pamela; Smart, David
Several authors have investigated the relationship among family variables and adolescent sexual behavior and young adolescents' use of alcohol has also been studied as it relates to family factors and sexual activity. This research is based on data from the second year of a six-year longitudinal study, which explores psychosocial and demographic factors associated with problem behaviors among adolescents. The specific aim of this study was to identify links among adolescents' family type, early sexual experience, and alcohol use. It was predicted that traditional family composition would be associated with lower levels of sexual activity and alcohol use across sex and race of subjects. Data were collected from 265 8th-grade students from a medium-sized southeastern town. Students' family types were identified by a self-administered checklist, and demographic data were obtained from school enrollment cards. Subjects' level of experience with alcohol and sexual intercourse was extracted from a self-reported list of 33 behaviors. The expectation that traditional families would be associated with lower levels of sexual intercourse was borne out in the data. White adolescents were more likely than blacks to use alcohol, across family type and sex of subject. The strongest relationship to emerge from these data was the link between sexual intercourse and alcohol use. This might be interpreted as showing that among young adolescents, especially whites, sexual activity and drinking are viewed as concurrent rites of passage. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Assocation (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).