Psychosocial predictors of delay of first sexual intercourse by adolescents

Scott C. Carvajal, Guy S. Parcel, Stephen W. Banspach, Karen Basen-Engquist, Karin K. Coyle, Douglas Kirby, Wenyaw Chan

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Abstract

This investigation predicted adolescents' delay of intercourse onset from attitudes, social norms, and self-efficacy about refraining from sexual intercourse. Age, gender, ethnicity, and parental education were also examined as predictors and moderators of the relationships among the 3 psychosocial determinants and onset. The participants (N = 827), part of a cohort initially surveyed in the 9th grade, reported at baseline that they had never engaged in intercourse. The multivariable proportional hazards regression model suggested that adolescents with more positive attitudinal and normative beliefs, as well as those with a parent who graduated from college, were less likely to engage in intercourse in the follow-up period (up to approximately 2 years). Interventions that include an objective to delay onset may benefit from addressing psychosocial determinants, especially attitudes and norms about sexual intercourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-452
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Determinants
  • First intercourse
  • Onset of sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Carvajal, S. C., Parcel, G. S., Banspach, S. W., Basen-Engquist, K., Coyle, K. K., Kirby, D., & Chan, W. (1999). Psychosocial predictors of delay of first sexual intercourse by adolescents. Health Psychology, 18(5), 443-452. https://doi.org/10.1037/0278-6133.18.5.443