ERIC Number: EJ781556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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Maternal Predictors of Noncoital Sexual Behavior: Examining a Nationally Representative Sample of Asian and White American Adolescents Who Have Never Had Sex
Lam, Amy G.; Russell, Stephen T.; Tan, Thida C.; Leong, Sareen J.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v37 n1 p62-73 Jan 2008
Current research in adolescent sexuality has largely focused on vaginal-penile intercourse, with less attention to noncoital sexual activity. This study examined how maternal factors influence the transition from virginity to noncoital behavior among White and Asian American youth who have never experienced vaginal intercourse. We conducted logistic regression analyses to examine whether traditional maternal predictors of "coital" sex were important in understanding "noncoital" sexual activity of these two populations. Waves 1 and 2 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were utilized. For White Americans (n = 3,926), direct and indirect maternal factors were associated with noncoital sexual involvement: maternal support, control, mother-child communication about sex, and adolescents' perceptions of maternal approval of sex. In contrast, only maternal support was associated with the onset of noncoital sexual behavior for Asian Americans (n = 611). The study underscores the need to explore culturally specific factors that may influence Asian American adolescent noncoital sexual behaviors.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Sexuality, Asian Americans, Mothers, Whites, Parent Influence, Parent Child Relationship, Parenting Styles, Child Rearing, Interpersonal Communication, Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Predictor Variables
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