ERIC Number: EJ860191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
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Reference Count: 25
Parenting and Adolescents' Sexual Initiation
Longmore, Monica A.; Eng, Abbey L.; Giordano, Peggy C.; Manning, Wendy D.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n4 p969-982 Nov 2009
This study draws on social control and social learning theories to examine the role of dating-specific attitudes and practices as predictors of adolescents' sexual initiation. We include attention to the adolescent's reaction to control attempts as a further means of assessing family dynamics (i.e., frequency of dating disagreements). The study uses longitudinal data from 697 adolescents who were not sexually active at the first interview as well as separate interviews with parents. In models that include all parenting variables, parental caring, parents' preferences that the child should delay sex, and the frequency of dating disagreements were significant predictors of initiation of teen sexual activity.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Socialization, Social Control, Child Rearing, Adolescents, Sexuality, Parenting Styles, Social Theories, Dating (Social), Family Relationship, Interviews, Attitude Measures, Parent Attitudes, Predictor Variables, Intention
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