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A Youth Development Approach to Profiling Sexual Abstinence

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Abstract:

Objective: To use youth and parent demographic factors, youth assets (strengths), and community constructs to develop age-group-specific profiles for youth who abstain from sexual activity. Methods: Data were collected using in-person interviews of youth (N=1253) residing in randomly selected, inner-city neighborhood households. Data were analyzed to create classification trees. Results: Results indicated that assets typically were the most important factors related to abstinence and that the profiles differed for each age group. Conclusions: When sexual abstinence is considered, the influence of youth and parent demographics, youth assets, and community factors appears to vary across adolescent developmental age periods.

Keywords: assets; positive youth development; sexual abstinence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Promotion Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK. 2: Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK. 3: Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. 4: School of Rural Public Health, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX. 5: Department of Family and Preventative Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK.

Publication date: 2003-05-01

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