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ERIC Number: EJ916410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Body Image and First Sexual Intercourse in Late Adolescence
Vasilenko, Sara A.; Rama, Nilam; Lefkowitz, Eva S.
Journal of Adolescence, v34 n2 p327-335 Apr 2011
Sexual behavior is associated with body image, but the directionality of this association is unclear. This study used longitudinal data from a sample of previously abstinent college students (N = 100, 45% female, 49% European American, 26% Latino American, 25% African American) to test whether satisfaction with appearance changed after first intercourse. Male students were more satisfied with their appearance after first intercourse, whereas female students became slightly less satisfied with their appearance. These findings demonstrate that first intercourse can lead to changes in well-being, even if the transition takes places in late adolescence. In addition, they suggest that gendered cultural expectations regarding sexual behavior are associated with differing psychological outcomes for male and female adolescents. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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