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Gender and ethnic differences in the timing of first sexual intercourse.
Fam Plann Perspect. 1998 May-Jun; 30(3):121-7.FP

Abstract

CONTEXT

Whether the effect of gender on the risk of first intercourse in influenced by adolescents ethnicity has received limited attention in research on age at first sex. Such information could provide a more complete understanding of adolescent sexual behavior.

METHODS

Life-table analysis using data from a population-based, ethnically diverse sample of 87/Los Angeles County youths was employed to estimate the median age at first sex for each gender-and-ethnicity group. Multivariate analysis using proportional hazards techniques was conducted to determine the relative risk of sexual activity among teenagers in each group.

RESULTS

Overall, the teenagers in the sample had a median age at first sex of 16.9 years. Black males had the lowest observed median (15.0), and Asian American males the highest (18.1); white and Hispanic males, and white and black females, reported similar ages (about 16.5 years). Hispanic and Asian American females had rates of first sex about half that of white females, although these protective effects were explained by differences in family structure. Even after controlling for background characteristics, black males had rates of first sex that were about 3-5 times the rates of the other gender-and-ethnicity groups. In addition, Asian American males were less likely than Hispanic males to be sexually experienced, and Hispanic males had almost twice the rates of sexual activity of Hispanic females.

CONCLUSIONS

Socioeconomic conditions account for ethnic differences among females in the age at first sex, and cultural influences may contribute to the difference between Hispanic males and females; explanations for black males, however, remain elusive.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of California, Los Angeles, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9635260

Citation

Upchurch, D M., et al. "Gender and Ethnic Differences in the Timing of First Sexual Intercourse." Family Planning Perspectives, vol. 30, no. 3, 1998, pp. 121-7.
Upchurch DM, Levy-Storms L, Sucoff CA, et al. Gender and ethnic differences in the timing of first sexual intercourse. Fam Plann Perspect. 1998;30(3):121-7.
Upchurch, D. M., Levy-Storms, L., Sucoff, C. A., & Aneshensel, C. S. (1998). Gender and ethnic differences in the timing of first sexual intercourse. Family Planning Perspectives, 30(3), 121-7.
Upchurch DM, et al. Gender and Ethnic Differences in the Timing of First Sexual Intercourse. Fam Plann Perspect. 1998 May-Jun;30(3):121-7. PubMed PMID: 9635260.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Gender and ethnic differences in the timing of first sexual intercourse. AU - Upchurch,D M, AU - Levy-Storms,L, AU - Sucoff,C A, AU - Aneshensel,C S, PY - 1998/6/23/pubmed PY - 1998/6/23/medline PY - 1998/6/23/entrez KW - Adolescents KW - Age Factors KW - Americas KW - Behavior KW - California KW - Cultural Background KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developed Countries KW - Ethnic Groups KW - First Intercourse KW - Gender Issues KW - North America KW - Northern America KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Premarital Sex Behavior KW - Research Methodology KW - Research Report KW - Sampling Studies KW - Sex Behavior KW - Studies KW - Surveys KW - United States KW - Youth SP - 121 EP - 7 JF - Family planning perspectives JO - Fam Plann Perspect VL - 30 IS - 3 N2 - CONTEXT: Whether the effect of gender on the risk of first intercourse in influenced by adolescents ethnicity has received limited attention in research on age at first sex. Such information could provide a more complete understanding of adolescent sexual behavior. METHODS: Life-table analysis using data from a population-based, ethnically diverse sample of 87/Los Angeles County youths was employed to estimate the median age at first sex for each gender-and-ethnicity group. Multivariate analysis using proportional hazards techniques was conducted to determine the relative risk of sexual activity among teenagers in each group. RESULTS: Overall, the teenagers in the sample had a median age at first sex of 16.9 years. Black males had the lowest observed median (15.0), and Asian American males the highest (18.1); white and Hispanic males, and white and black females, reported similar ages (about 16.5 years). Hispanic and Asian American females had rates of first sex about half that of white females, although these protective effects were explained by differences in family structure. Even after controlling for background characteristics, black males had rates of first sex that were about 3-5 times the rates of the other gender-and-ethnicity groups. In addition, Asian American males were less likely than Hispanic males to be sexually experienced, and Hispanic males had almost twice the rates of sexual activity of Hispanic females. CONCLUSIONS: Socioeconomic conditions account for ethnic differences among females in the age at first sex, and cultural influences may contribute to the difference between Hispanic males and females; explanations for black males, however, remain elusive. SN - 0014-7354 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/9635260/Gender_and_ethnic_differences_in_the_timing_of_first_sexual_intercourse_ L2 - https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3012198.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -