Tremblay, Line; Frigon, Jean-Yves
March 2004
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2004, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
The observed increase in teenage pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infection (STI) in adolescents in Quebec indicates a need to examine causes and prevention of sexual risk behaviours in this age group. This study uses two theoretical frameworks (the Theory of Reasoned Action and Problem Behavior Theory) combined with the basic framework of the Theory of Reproductive Development to identify variables predicting two specific behaviours related to teen pregnancy and reproductive health: (1) age at first intercourse, and (2) consistency of condom use. Two cohorts of girls (N = 407, aged 12 to 17 years) were included in three specific periods of data collection from 1995 to 1997. Sequential Logistic Regression Analyses were performed to test the two theoretical frameworks separately for each outcome. The results show that age at first sexual intercourse and the consistency of condom use are predicted by different sets of variables, suggesting that these behaviours may have different meanings and/or importance for adolescents. The Theory of Reasoned Action combined model appears to be a better predictor of the two target behaviours.


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