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Adolescent sexual attitudes and behavior: are they consistent?
Fam Plann Perspect. 1984 Jul-Aug; 16(4):181-5.FP

Abstract

Relationships between sexual attitudes and behavior among adolescents were studied in data collected by self-administered questionnaires from approximately 3,500 junior and senior high school students attending four inner-city schools during 1981-1982. An analysis of the results by sex, race and age found that 83 percent of sexually experienced adolescents cite a best age for first intercourse that is older than the age at which they themselves experienced that event, and 43 percent of them report a best age for first coitus older than their current age. In addition, 88 percent of young women who have had a baby say the best age at which to have a first birth is older than the age at which they first became mothers. Thirty-nine percent of the women and 32 percent of the men say that they believe premarital sex is wrong. Among those who are virgins, the proportions are much higher. However, even among those who have had intercourse, approximately 25 percent of both sexes say they believe sex before marriage is wrong. Women desire stronger relationships before having intercourse than do men, and women claim to have had a stronger relationship with their last sexual partner. Very few teenagers believe neither partner is responsible for pregnancy prevention, which tends to be viewed as a joint responsibility. Those who see it as a shared responsibility are slightly more likely than those who assign the responsibility to one or the other partner to have used a method at last intercourse, and they are considerably more likely to have used a method than are those who believe contraception is neither partner's responsibility.(

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Comparative Study
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Language

eng

PubMed ID

6489511

Citation

Zabin, L S., et al. "Adolescent Sexual Attitudes and Behavior: Are They Consistent?" Family Planning Perspectives, vol. 16, no. 4, 1984, pp. 181-5.
Zabin LS, Hirsch MB, Smith EA, et al. Adolescent sexual attitudes and behavior: are they consistent? Fam Plann Perspect. 1984;16(4):181-5.
Zabin, L. S., Hirsch, M. B., Smith, E. A., & Hardy, J. B. (1984). Adolescent sexual attitudes and behavior: are they consistent? Family Planning Perspectives, 16(4), 181-5.
Zabin LS, et al. Adolescent Sexual Attitudes and Behavior: Are They Consistent. Fam Plann Perspect. 1984 Jul-Aug;16(4):181-5. PubMed PMID: 6489511.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Adolescent sexual attitudes and behavior: are they consistent? AU - Zabin,L S, AU - Hirsch,M B, AU - Smith,E A, AU - Hardy,J B, PY - 1984/7/1/pubmed PY - 1984/7/1/medline PY - 1984/7/1/entrez KW - Adolescent Pregnancy KW - Adolescents KW - Adolescents, Female KW - Adolescents, Male KW - Age Factors KW - Americas KW - Attitude KW - Behavior KW - Contraceptive Usage KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developed Countries KW - Developing Countries KW - Education KW - Ethnic Groups KW - Family Planning KW - Fertility KW - First Birth KW - Interpersonal Relations KW - North America KW - Northern America KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Population Dynamics KW - Premarital Sex Behavior KW - Psychological Factors KW - Reproductive Behavior KW - Research Report KW - Schools KW - Secondary Schools KW - Sex Behavior KW - Students KW - United States KW - Urban Population KW - Value Orientation KW - Youth SP - 181 EP - 5 JF - Family planning perspectives JO - Fam Plann Perspect VL - 16 IS - 4 N2 - Relationships between sexual attitudes and behavior among adolescents were studied in data collected by self-administered questionnaires from approximately 3,500 junior and senior high school students attending four inner-city schools during 1981-1982. An analysis of the results by sex, race and age found that 83 percent of sexually experienced adolescents cite a best age for first intercourse that is older than the age at which they themselves experienced that event, and 43 percent of them report a best age for first coitus older than their current age. In addition, 88 percent of young women who have had a baby say the best age at which to have a first birth is older than the age at which they first became mothers. Thirty-nine percent of the women and 32 percent of the men say that they believe premarital sex is wrong. Among those who are virgins, the proportions are much higher. However, even among those who have had intercourse, approximately 25 percent of both sexes say they believe sex before marriage is wrong. Women desire stronger relationships before having intercourse than do men, and women claim to have had a stronger relationship with their last sexual partner. Very few teenagers believe neither partner is responsible for pregnancy prevention, which tends to be viewed as a joint responsibility. Those who see it as a shared responsibility are slightly more likely than those who assign the responsibility to one or the other partner to have used a method at last intercourse, and they are considerably more likely to have used a method than are those who believe contraception is neither partner's responsibility.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) SN - 0014-7354 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/6489511/Adolescent_sexual_attitudes_and_behavior:_are_they_consistent L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/teenmentalhealth.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -