TITLE

Characteristics of Canadian youth reporting a very early age of first sexual intercourse

AUTHOR(S)
Boyce, William F.; Gallupe, Owen; Fergus, Stevenson
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2008, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p97
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The present study examined the correlates of having experienced first sexual intercourse (FSI) at a very early age using a large, national classroom sample of Canadian adolescents from the Canadian Youth, Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Study (Boyce et al., 2003). Most of the available studies on this topic have divided adolescent respondents into categories of "early" and "late" based on the average age of first intercourse. As a result, a portion of the young people identified in these studies as having had "early" first sexual intercourse had actually done so at an age when intercourse would have been becoming normative. The large size of the present sample of adolescents (n=2301; mean age 15.8 years) provided enough males and females who had non-normative very early FSI to compare them with peers who had first intercourse later. Associations were tested on variables in four conceptual categories: family relationships; psychological factors; peers and risk-taking; and partner-related factors. A very early age of FSI (defined as 11 years or less for males and 12 years or less for females), was associated with having experienced pressure to have unwanted sex, having used drugs other than marijuana, and believing that popularity at school is dependent upon rebelling/breaking the rules. While the retrospective nature of our cross-sectional analysis precludes assigning directionality of influences, the possible predictive value of the findings, including the influence of "fitting in" with peers, is considered in relation to future research on this topic.
ACCESSION #
35935065

 

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