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ERIC Number: EJ976544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Relationships of Pubertal Development among Early Adolescents to Sexual and Nonsexual Risk Behaviors and Caregivers' Parenting Behaviors
Koo, Helen P.; Rose, Allison; Bhaskar, Brinda; Walker, Leslie R.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v32 n4 p589-614 Aug 2012
Using a school-based sample of fifth graders (mean age = 10.38, SD = 0.66) and their parents (N = 408) from Washington, D.C., the authors examine associations of pubertal development with early adolescents' sexual and nonsexual risk behaviors and their caregivers' parenting behaviors and of these risk behaviors with parenting behaviors. Results indicate that youths reporting signs of pubertal development were more likely to engage in these risk behaviors than were students reporting no signs. Pubertal development is not related to parenting behaviors; however, parents of youths who reported multiple nonsexual risk behaviors reported more parent-child communication about sexual topics. These results highlight the need to begin risk prevention efforts early, prior to pubertal development. Research is needed to understand how parents can help youths better cope with pubertal development to avoid involvement in sexual and nonsexual risk behaviors. (Contains 5 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia