An Interdisciplinary Study of Heterosocial Behaviors and Sexual Behavior in Adolescent Girls

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155449
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Presentation
Title:
An Interdisciplinary Study of Heterosocial Behaviors and Sexual Behavior in Adolescent Girls
Abstract:
An Interdisciplinary Study of Heterosocial Behaviors and Sexual Behavior in Adolescent Girls
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Doswell, Willa M., RN, PhD, FAAN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Title:Associate Professor
Co-Authors:Betty J. Braxter, RN, PhD and Dianxu Ren, PhD
[Research Presentation] One targeted health objectives in Healthy People 2010 is to increase the proportion of teens who abstain from engaging in sexual intercourse. To achieve this goal, researchers must continue to examine factors associated with early teen sexual intercourse such as adverse heterosocial behavior. Specific Aims of this study were to:á1) assess theá heterosocial behaviors in which middle school African American girls engage; 2) describe the attitudes and norms held by middle school African American girls toward early sexual behaviors; and 3) examine heterosocial behaviors as a predictor of attitudes and norms toward early sexual behavior. Methods:áCross-sectional baseline data retrieved from the "Randomized Controlled Trial of the NIA Intervention" (NICHD#RO1HD39757-01) were analyzed. The sample was comprised of 209 African American girls, age 11-14.3 years (mean ageá 12.40, S.D. 0.89) drawn from five middle schools in a mid-sized northeastern city. Girls completed a 10-item Heterosocial Behavior Scale (Paikoff, 1995) that measured the type and frequency of social boy-girl interactions within their peer group (e.g., ever spend time with a mixed group of boy/girls inside a private place), and respectively a 16- item Premarital Attitude scale (PAS) andá a 16-item Parental Approval and Friend's Approval of Sexual Behavior Scale (PFrASBS) both by Treboux (1999).áStatistical Analysis: Descriptive statistics and linear regression models were generated.á Results:á The majority of girls had not engaged in adverse heterosocial behaviors.á Girls were unsure about theirá premarital attitude andápeer norms related to engaging in early sexual behaviors. Girls did perceive that their other/father would disapprove of engaging in any early sexual behavior. Adverse heterosocial behavior was a significant predictor of premarital attitude (p<.0001), and peer norms ( p<.0001) to engage in early sexual behavior. Conclusions: Hetersocial behaviors is a significant predictor of favorable attitudes and norms to engage in early sexual behavior.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Interdisciplinary Study of Heterosocial Behaviors and Sexual Behavior in Adolescent Girlsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155449-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">An Interdisciplinary Study of Heterosocial Behaviors and Sexual Behavior in Adolescent Girls</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Doswell, Willa M., RN, PhD, FAAN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">wdo100@pitt.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Betty J. Braxter, RN, PhD and Dianxu Ren, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] One targeted health objectives in Healthy People 2010 is to increase the proportion of teens who abstain from engaging in sexual intercourse. To achieve this goal, researchers must continue to examine factors associated with early teen sexual intercourse such as adverse heterosocial behavior. Specific Aims of this study were to:&aacute;1) assess the&aacute; heterosocial behaviors in which middle school African American girls engage; 2) describe the attitudes and norms held by middle school African American girls toward early sexual behaviors; and 3) examine heterosocial behaviors as a predictor of attitudes and norms toward early sexual behavior. Methods:&aacute;Cross-sectional baseline data retrieved from the &quot;Randomized Controlled Trial of the NIA Intervention&quot; (NICHD#RO1HD39757-01) were analyzed. The sample was comprised of 209 African American girls, age 11-14.3 years (mean age&aacute; 12.40, S.D. 0.89) drawn from five middle schools in a mid-sized northeastern city. Girls completed a 10-item Heterosocial Behavior Scale (Paikoff, 1995) that measured the type and frequency of social boy-girl interactions within their peer group (e.g., ever spend time with a mixed group of boy/girls inside a private place), and respectively a 16- item Premarital Attitude scale (PAS) and&aacute; a 16-item Parental Approval and Friend's Approval of Sexual Behavior Scale (PFrASBS) both by Treboux (1999).&aacute;Statistical Analysis: Descriptive statistics and linear regression models were generated.&aacute; Results:&aacute; The majority of girls had not engaged in adverse heterosocial behaviors.&aacute; Girls were unsure about their&aacute; premarital attitude and&aacute;peer norms related to engaging in early sexual behaviors. Girls did perceive that their other/father would disapprove of engaging in any early sexual behavior. Adverse heterosocial behavior was a significant predictor of premarital attitude (p&lt;.0001), and peer norms ( p&lt;.0001) to engage in early sexual behavior. Conclusions: Hetersocial behaviors is a significant predictor of favorable attitudes and norms to engage in early sexual behavior.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:51:12Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:51:12Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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