ERIC Number: EJ939288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Pubertal Timing and Early Sexual Intercourse in the Offspring of Teenage Mothers
De Genna, Natacha M.; Larkby, Cynthia; Cornelius, Marie D.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v40 n10 p1315-1328 Oct 2011
Early puberty is associated with stressful family environments, early sexual intercourse, and teenage pregnancy. We examined pubertal timing and sexual debut among the 14-year-old offspring of teenage mothers. Mothers (71% Black, 29% White) were recruited as pregnant teenagers (12-18 years old). Data were collected during pregnancy and when offspring were 6, 10 and 14 years old (n = 318). Adolescents (50% male) compared the timing of their pubertal maturation to same-sex peers. There was a significant 3-way interaction effect of race, sex, and pubertal timing on sexual debut (n = 305). This effect remained significant in a model controlling for maternal age at first intercourse, substance use, exposure to trauma, authoritative parenting, and peer sexual activity (n = 255). Early maturation was associated with early sex in daughters, and may be one pathway for the inter-generational transfer of risk for teenage pregnancy among daughters of teenage mothers.
Descriptors: Mothers, Daughters, Pregnancy, Sexuality, Puberty, Early Parenthood, Adolescents, Maturity (Individuals), Substance Abuse, Risk, Trauma, Parenting Styles, Age
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