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ERIC Number: EJ762176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
Self-Esteem Enhancing Reasons for Having Sex and the Sexual Behaviors of African American Adolescents
Robinson, Melissa L.; Holmbeck, Grayson N.; Paikoff, Roberta
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v36 n4 p453-464 May 2007
A sample of 146 African American adolescents living in impoverished neighborhoods with high HIV rates participated in the Chicago HIV Prevention and Adolescent Mental Health Project (CHAMP), a longitudinal study of adolescent HIV risk exposure. The current study examined self-reported reasons why African American adolescents may participate in risky sexual behavior. Adolescents completed a questionnaire regarding their sexual behaviors and reasons for having sex at Wave 3 of data collection. Findings from the study revealed that females used condoms less consistently while males had more sexual partners and sexually debuted earlier. Regression analyses also indicated that males were more likely to endorse self-esteem enhancing reasons for having sex and those who did also reported a higher number of sexual partners. Males were more likely to endorse power-related reasons for having sex and those who did tended to sexually debut earlier. Across both genders, results suggested that those adolescents who endorsed more self-esteem enhancing reasons for having sex were less likely to use condoms consistently. Implications for prevention programs and future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois