ERIC Number: EJ813947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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Predicting Early Sexual Activity with Behavior Problems Exhibited at School Entry and in Early Adolescence
Schofield, Hannah-Lise T.; Bierman, Karen L.; Heinrichs, Brenda; Nix, Robert L.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v36 n8 p1175-1188 Nov 2008
Youth who initiate sexual intercourse in early adolescence (age 11-14) experience multiple risks, including concurrent adjustment problems and unsafe sexual practices. The current study tested two models describing the links between childhood precursors, early adolescent risk factors, and adolescent sexual activity: a cumulative model and a meditational model. A longitudinal sample of 694 boys and girls from four geographical locations was utilized, with data collected from kindergarten through high school. Structural equation models revealed that, irrespective of gender or race, high rates of aggressive disruptive behaviors and attention problems at school entry increased risk for a constellation of problem behaviors in middle school (school maladjustment, antisocial activity, and substance use) which, in turn, promoted the early initiation of sexual activity. Implications are discussed for developmental models of early sexual activity and for prevention programming.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Structural Equation Models, Early Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Child Behavior, Student Adjustment, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Aggression, Adolescents, Adjustment (to Environment), Geographic Location, Sexuality, Children, Longitudinal Studies, Antisocial Behavior, Substance Abuse
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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