Risky sexual activity can result in negative consequences for youth. Family factors have shown to impact an adolescent's sexual decision-making process. This retrospective study examined the relationships between family factors and risky teen sexual behavior. One hundred sixteen participants from an urban university were surveyed. Family management, involvement, and conflict, and bonding to mother and father were measured using questions from the Seattle Social Development Study. Family factors measured were not significantly related to teen sexual initiation; except bonding to mother which was significantly, negatively related to number of partners; and family involvement was somewhat related to age of sexual debut. Teens who reported not using a condom their first time reported better family management. Households with higher income levels were more likely to report having had sex than those from the lowest income level. Among Latinos, family involvement was found to deter sex initiation. Implications for social work practice are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
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