ERIC Number: EJ1051921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Nonresident Fatherhood and Adolescent Sexual Behavior: A Comparison of Siblings Approach
Ryan, Rebecca M.
Developmental Psychology, v51 n2 p211-223 Feb 2015
Although voluminous research has linked nonresident fatherhood to riskier sexual behavior in adolescence, including earlier sexual debut, neither the causality of that link nor the mechanism accounting for it has been well-established. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979--the Young Adult Survey (CNLSY-YA), the present study addresses both questions by comparing the sexual development of siblings discordant for age at father departure from the home and examining results across behavioral (age at first intercourse), biological (pubertal timing), and cognitive (attitudes about childbearing and marriage) sexual outcomes (N = 5,542). Findings indicate that nonresident fatherhood, beginning either at birth or during middle childhood, leads to an earlier sexual debut for girls, but not for boys, an effect likely explained by weak parental monitoring rather than an accelerated reproductive strategy.
Descriptors: Fathers, Family Structure, Adolescents, Sexuality, Siblings, Comparative Analysis, Longitudinal Studies, Age Differences, Puberty, Attitude Measures, Pregnancy, Marriage, Parent Influence, Gender Differences, Parenting Styles, Statistical Analysis, Interviews, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R03HD069740-01A1