0
views
0
recommends
+1 Recommend
0 collections
    0
    shares
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: not found

      Predicting early sexual activity with behavior problems exhibited at school entry and in early adolescence.

      Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
      Adolescent, Age Factors, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, diagnosis, epidemiology, psychology, Prospective Studies, Risk-Taking, Schools, Sexual Behavior

      Read this article at

      ScienceOpenPublisherPMC
      Bookmark
          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.

          Abstract

          Youth who initiate sexual intercourse in early adolescence (age 11-14) experience multiple risks, including concurrent adjustment problems and unsafe sexual practices. The current study tested two models describing the links between childhood precursors, early adolescent risk factors, and adolescent sexual activity: a cumulative model and a meditational model. A longitudinal sample of 694 boys and girls from four geographical locations was utilized, with data collected from kindergarten through high school. Structural equation models revealed that, irrespective of gender or race, high rates of aggressive disruptive behaviors and attention problems at school entry increased risk for a constellation of problem behaviors in middle school (school maladjustment, antisocial activity, and substance use) which, in turn, promoted the early initiation of sexual activity. Implications are discussed for developmental models of early sexual activity and for prevention programming.

          Related collections

          Author and article information

          Journal
          18607716
          2729765
          10.1007/s10802-008-9252-6

          Chemistry
          Adolescent,Age Factors,Child,Child, Preschool,Female,Humans,Male,Mental Disorders,diagnosis,epidemiology,psychology,Prospective Studies,Risk-Taking,Schools,Sexual Behavior

          Comments

          Comment on this article