TITLE

FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH SEXUAL INTERCOURSE BEFORE AGE 15 AMONG FEMALE ADOLESCENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

AUTHOR(S)
Langille, Donald B.; Curtis, Lori
PUB. DATE
September 2002
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2002, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p91
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Cross sectional data from a survey of high school students in northern Nova Scotia were used to test the association of socio-economic status (SES) and other factors, including family structure, school performance, and church attendance, with having intercourse before age 15 among female adolescents. About one half of 1,132 female students aged 15-20 (mean age 16.8) had ever had intercourse and 11.8% of all females had done so before age 15. In univariate analysis, those who had intercourse before age 15 were less likely to live with both parents, to have more highly educated parents, to have fathers employed full time, and to have higher school grades. They were also less likely to attend church regularly. In logistic regression, living with other than both parents was positively associated with intercourse before age 15, while higher paternal education and more frequent church attendance were negatively associated. Among the young women who had ever had intercourse, those who did so before age 15 were less likely at last intercourse to have used a condom (36.4% vs. 55.5%, p < 0.001) or contraception (79.2% vs. 88.6%, p < 0.01) and more likely to have had more than one sexual partner (53.5% vs. 27.9%, p < 0.001). The percentage of young women in this study who had intercourse before age 15 is comparable to other Canadian reports. Awareness of the factors associated with early intercourse can help educators and service providers to better identify and respond to the needs of young women.
ACCESSION #
9529069

 

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