An ecological, risk-factor examination of adolescents' sexual activity in three ethnic groups

Daniel F. Perkins, Tom Luster, Francisco A. Villarruel, Stephen Small

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Abstract

This study examines the extent to which the ecological, risk-factor approach for studying sexual activity in samples of mostly European Americans is useful for explaining adolescent sexual activity in three ethnic groups. We hypothesized that as exposure to risk factors increased, so would the likelihood of sexual activity in all the ethnic groups. Ethnic and gender differences in the relationship between risk factors and sexual activity were also examined. We found significant risk factors at all three levels of the social ecology. There was little support for the notion that risk factors predicting sexual activity differ among the ethnic groups, although we found a few gender differences. The results of these analyses highlight similarities among the three ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-673
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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