Parental Youth Assets and Sexual Activity: Differences by Race/Ethnicity

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Objectives: To examine how the relationship between parental-related youth assets and youth sexual activity differed by race/ethnicity.

Methods: A random sample of 976 youth and their parents living in a Midwestern city participated in the study. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted for 3 major ethnic groups controlling for the other demographics.

Results: Parental monitoring had the strongest association with sexual abstinence for all 3 ethnic/racial groups. Family communication and relationship with mother were also important for white and black youth respectively.

Conclusions: Parental youth assets, especially parental monitoring, can be important in the decision to delay sexual intercourse.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2011

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