ERIC Number: EJ783044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 0
On the Association between Sexual Attraction and Adolescent Risk Behavior Involvement: Examining Mediation and Moderation
Busseri, Michael A.; Willoughby, Teena; Chalmers, Heather; Bogaert, Anthony F.
Developmental Psychology, v44 n1 p69-80 Jan 2008
On the basis of a large-scale survey of high-school youth, the authors compared adolescents reporting exclusively heterosexual, mostly heterosexual, bisexual, and predominately same-sex attraction based on high-risk involvement across a range of risk behaviors. Bisexual and same-sex attracted groups were characterized by heightened high-risk involvement relative to the other two groups. Mediation analysis was used to determine whether these group disparities were explained by a set of normative predictive factors spanning multiple life domains. Differences among a combined exclusively/mostly heterosexual attraction group and both the bisexual and same-sex attraction groups were attenuated (66% and 50%, respectively) after incorporating the hypothesized intervening predictive factors, providing evidence of partial mediation. Primary mediators included intrapersonal (attitudes toward risk-taking; academic orientation), interpersonal (peer victimization; parental relationships; unstructured activities), and environmental (substance availability) factors. Mediation results were consistent across participant age and sex. Implications, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Correlation, Sexuality, At Risk Persons, High School Students, Comparative Analysis, Homosexuality, Student Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Attitude Measures, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Environmental Influences, Substance Abuse, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Mediation Theory
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