ERIC Number: EJ725087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-22
Reference Count: 32
Family Functioning and Early Onset of Sexual Intercourse in Latino Adolescents
Velez-Pastrana, Maria C.; Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Rafael A.; Borges-Hernandez, Adalisse
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v40 n160 p777 Win 2005
The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with early onset of sexual intercourse. Within an ecological system's conceptual framework, familial factors associated with early onset of sexual activity were identified in a sample of 425 adolescents from San Juan metro area schools. Measures included questions about sexual activity, sexual permissiveness, and such familial variables as: discipline, parental supervision, and parental support. Significant relationships were observed between early onset of sexual intercourse and parental supervision, discipline, parental support, and parents' marital status. Results suggest the key role of parents and family in prevention of HIV-risk behaviors among adolescents in terms of delaying sexual onset. Overall, the study described youths who postponed sexual activity as having greater support, supervision, and parental involvement.
Descriptors: Parent Role, Adolescents, Sexuality, Hispanic Americans, Urban Areas, Parent Child Relationship, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Family Influence, Family Environment, Discipline, Parents, Marital Status
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico