ERIC Number: EJ914107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
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Reference Count: 61
The Role of Religiosity in the Relationship between Parents, Peers, and Adolescent Risky Sexual Behavior
Landor, Antoinette; Simons, Leslie Gordon; Simons, Ronald L.; Brody, Gene H.; Gibbons, Frederick X.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v40 n3 p296-309 Mar 2011
Research has documented a negative relationship between religion and risky sexual behavior. Few studies, however, have examined the processes whereby religion exerts this effect. The present study develops and tests a model of various mechanisms whereby parental religiosity reduces the likelihood of adolescents' participation in risky sexual behavior (early sexual debut, multiple sexual partners, and inconsistent condom use). Structural equation modeling, using longitudinal data from a sample of 612 African American adolescents (55% female), provided support for the model. The results indicated that parental religiosity influenced adolescent risky sexual behavior through its impact on authoritative parenting, adolescent religiosity, and adolescent affiliation with less sexually permissive peers. Some mediating mechanisms differed by the gender of the respondent, suggesting a "double-standard" for daughters but not for sons. Findings also indicated the importance of messages about sexual behavior that are transmitted to adolescents by their peers. Theoretical and policy implications of the findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Structural Equation Models, Religion, Adolescents, Sexuality, Religious Factors, Peer Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, At Risk Persons, Correlation, African Americans, Parent Influence, Parents
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