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Exploring Family Factors and Sexual Behaviors in a Group of Black and Hispanic Adolescent Males

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Objectives: To explore family factors that influence sexual behaviors among a group of Black and Hispanic adolescent males. Methods: One hundred seventy-eight subjects were selected from a convenience sample of 431 adolescents who participated in a 1996 Youth Survey conducted in San Bernardino County, California. Results: Having a sibling who was a teen parent was significantly associated with engaging in sexual intercourse among Hispanics. Among Blacks, having a father who was a teen dad was significantly associated with sexual intercourse. Conclusion: Findings showed relationships between family characteristics and sexual attitudes and behaviors among participants.

Keywords: African American; adolescents; males; sexual behaviors

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. 2: Health Promotion and Education, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. 3: Counseling and Family Sciences, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. 4: Counseling and Family Sciences, Director of Family Studies, Graduate School, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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