ERIC Number: EJ763200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 66
Peer Selection and Socialization Effects on Adolescent Intercourse without a Condom and Attitudes about the Costs of Sex
Henry, David B.; Schoeny, Michael E.; Deptula, Daneen P.; Slavick, John T.
Child Development, v78 n3 p825-838 May-Jun 2007
This study investigated peer selection and socialization effects on sexual behavior and attitudes using 1,350 15- to 18-year-old students participating in two waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Regarding socialization effects, friends' intercourse without condoms predicted later individual intercourse without condoms positively. Friends' attitudes about the costs of sex predicted later individual attitudes positively and intercourse without condoms negatively. The latter relation was stronger for females than for males. Regarding selection effects, individual attitudes predicted later friends' attitudes positively, but the strength of this effect varied by ethnicity. The results suggest that adolescents socialize friends to have similar sexual attitudes and behavior but tend to select friends based on similar attitudes rather than similar behaviors.
Descriptors: Costs, Socialization, Adolescents, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Peer Relationship, Child Behavior, Peer Influence, Predictor Variables, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Friendship, Longitudinal Studies, Health Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health