Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1-2009

Publication Source

American Journal of Health Behavior

Volume

33

Issue

1

Start Page

37

Last Page

48

DOI

10.5993/AJHB.33.1.4

Abstract

Objectives: To examine how sources of sexual information are associated with adolescents' behavioral, normative, and control beliefs about having sexual intercourse using the integrative model of behavior change.

Methods: Survey data from a quota sample of 459 youth.

Results: The most frequently reported sources were friends, teachers, mothers, and media. Regression analyses indicated that learning about sex from parents, grandparents, and religious leaders was associated with beliefs likely to delay sex; friends, cousins, and media were associated with beliefs that increase the likelihood of having sexual intercourse.

Conclusions: Different sexual information sources were associated with different underlying beliefs.

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Posted with permission from PNG Publications. This work is also available online at: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/png/ajhb/2009/00000033/00000001/art00004#expand/collapse

Keywords

adolescents, integrative model, media, sexual information

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Date Posted: 22 April 2019

This document has been peer reviewed.