TITLE

INFLUENCE OF TEENS' PERCEPTIONS OF PARENTAL DISAPPROVAL AND PEER BEHAVIOUR ON THEIR INITIATION OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

AUTHOR(S)
Hampton, Mary Rucklos; McWatters, Barb; Jeffery, Bonnie; Smith, Pamela
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2005, Vol. 14 Issue 3/4, p105
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study of 2,353 grade 10 and 12 students asked whether their perceptions of parental approval/disapproval of their having sexual intercourse would predict whether or not they had ever had intercourse. Well over half of these students anticipated parental disapproval and 44% of the total sample had ever had intercourse. Logistic regression analyses showed no predictive effect of perceived parental disapproval on intercourse experience whereas students' perceptions of the sexual intercourse experience of same sex and other sex friends was predictive for both sexes. Females were significantly more likely than males to anticipate fathers' disapproval but the sexes did not differ with respect to mothers' disapproval. Students most often cited personal experience, friends and parents as main or preferred sources of information about healthy dating and relationships but generally favoured schools for information on pregnancy and STI prevention. The findings may suggest ways to support the potentially mutually reinforcing roles of schools, peers and parents in adolescent sexual health.
ACCESSION #
20486224

 

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