ERIC Number: EJ727014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Investigation of Stressful Experiences, Self-Evaluations, and Self-Standards as Predictors of Sexual Activity During Early Adolescence
Waller, Erika M.; DuBois, David L.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v24 n4 p431-459 2004
Stressful experiences, self-evaluations, and self-standards associated with multiple contexts of development (i.e., school, family, sports/athletics) were investigated as predictors of initiation of sexual activity during the transition to adolescence. A sample of 134 seventh and eighth graders was followed as part of a 4-wave, 2-year longitudinal study. Survival analysis was used to examine measures at Time 1 as predictors of the timing of initiation of sexual activity. Reports of greater stressful experiences and less favorable self-evaluations associated with school as well as weaker self-standards associated with family were significant predictors of less time to initiation of sexual activity. For sports/athletics, however, reports of more positive self-evaluations predicted less time to initiation. Results of mediational analyses indicated that self-evaluations for the school context partially mediated the linkage that stressful experiences relating to this context exhibited with initiation of sexual activity.
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Self Concept, Standards, Early Adolescents, Sexuality, Predictor Variables, Stress Variables, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Athletics, Family Influence, Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
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