ERIC Number: EJ810344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Reference Count: 46
Neighborhood Poverty and Early Transition to Sexual Activity in Young Adolescents: A Developmental Ecological Approach
Dupere, Veronique; Lacourse, Eric; Willms, J. Douglas; Leventhal, Tama; Tremblay, Richard E.
Child Development, v79 n5 p1463-1476 Sep-Oct 2008
This study examined how the link between neighborhood poverty and the timing of sexual initiation varies as a function of age, gender, and background characteristics. A sample of N = 2,596 predominately White Canadian adolescents from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth was used. Sexual initiations occurring between 12 and 15 years old were considered. Results showed that younger adolescent females who lived in poor neighborhoods and who had a history of conduct problems were more likely to report early sexual activity. Peer characteristics partly accounted for this susceptibility. Among adolescent males, no direct neighborhood effects were found, but those who had combined risks at multiple levels appeared more vulnerable. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Poverty, Gender Differences, Holistic Approach, Sexuality, Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Risk, Adolescents, Whites, Peer Groups, Behavior Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada