HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Adolescents with high-risk sexual attitudes attract peers with similar attitudes

High-risk sexual behavior in adolescents appears to be influenced by the sexual attitudes of peers, and young people select friends whose attitudes about sex are consistent with their own attitudes. These are the conclusions of a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published in the May/June 2007 issue of the journal Child Development.

The study addressed issues of peer influence. Researchers sought to determine how adolescents come to resemble their peers in risky attitudes and behaviors, attempting to learn whether they are encouraged by peers to adopt certain behaviors or gravitate toward others with similar attitudes and behaviors. They also examined the role of peer attitudes in the development of high-risk behaviors.

The study analyzed data on 1,350 15- to 18-year-old male and female students taking part in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a nationwide study of individual, peer, family, school, and community factors related to health. High-risk sexual behavior was defined by the number of partners with whom adolescents had intercourse without a condom, since having multiple sex partners without using condoms puts adolescents at risk for contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The researchers also constructed a measure of attitudes about the undesirable consequences of sex. These measures of sexual behavior and attitudes, from individual adolescents and their friends, were compared over time.

Some of the study's findings showed that peers influence adolescent attitudes and behavior. Adolescents whose friends had intercourse without a condom were more likely to have intercourse without a condom the following year. Those whose friends believed that sex had undesirable consequences were likely to change attitudes to be similar to those of their friends, and were less likely to have intercourse without a condom the following year. The effect of friends' attitudes on
'"/>

Contact: Andrea Browning
abrowning@srcd.org
202-289-7905
Society for Research in Child Development
17-May-2007


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Adolescents who watch smoking in movies are more likely to try smoking
2. Adolescents feel less biological pressure to head to bed early
3. Adolescents HIV risk reduced with community intervention
4. Adolescents not receiving health counseling, Stanford study shows
5. Antioxidants show no clear benefit against cardiovascular events, death in high-risk women
6. Percutaneous aortic valve replacement safe, successful in high-risk patients
7. Rhode Island Hospital study identifies high-risk patient populations for MRSA carriage
8. Alcohol interventions that teach practical skills work best with high-risk university students
9. Alcohol and high-risk sexual behaviors in Botswana
10. Drug could prevent type 2 diabetes in high-risk individuals
11. New HIV study identifies high-risk subgroups of adolescents

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/24/2016)... Pass, OR (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 ... ... Kleyne welcomed Peggy Kinst, a wellness specialist for forty years and a trainer ... on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Talk Show on May 16, 2016. , ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... York (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... WaterAid launched the #perioddrama ... faced by more than 1 billion women around the world who do not have access ... women from across the US about their dread of #perioddrama. The (sometimes hilarious) results help ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... In light of recent heavy flooding in Houston, ... contaminated well water throughout the Houston area. , Heavy floodwaters have led to destroyed ... to contaminants. Residents may not even be aware of the contamination of their water ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Harvard Health Publications, the consumer health education ... a new series of Q&A videos to clinicians and patients at the point ... Harvard Medical School faculty into brief videos that clinicians using vidscrip can share ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , ... May 24, 2016 , ... The Dream Builders ... supplies and other necessities to Eunime Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, May 21st. ... games at Peter Piper Pizza. , More than 15 volunteers traveled from Los ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/20/2016)... 20, 2016 The Biotech arena ... that the industry is not far from recovering. There ... featured the following four equities: Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... ATHX ), Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARLZ ... ). Sign up for your free trading alerts on ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... 20, 2016 ReportsnReports.com adds ... 2016" market research report with comprehensive information on ... complete with comparative analysis at various stages, therapeutics ... route of administration (RoA) and molecule type, along ... releases. It also reviews key players involved in ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... May 19, 2016 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI) ... Don Francisco " sweepstakes, offering a chance to meet iconic ... Francisco ), who for the past two years has been ... at engaging and educating Hispanics with type 2 diabetes, which ... provides resources for treatment options and tips for long-term healthy ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: