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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160145
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Young Adolescents' Perceptions of Romantic Relationships
Abstract:
Young Adolescents' Perceptions of Romantic Relationships
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2005
Author:Royer, Heather, MS, APRN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title:Predoctoral Student
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI, 53792, USA
Contact Telephone:608-263-9040
Co-Authors:Mary Keller, PhD, RN
Purpose: Sexual activity in early adolescence generally takes place
within the context of a romantic relationship. Yet, little is known about
how young adolescents view sexual activities and partners within these
relationships or, if certain views are associated with risky sexual
behavior. The purposes of this investigation were: 1) to describe young
adolescents' perceptions of sexual activity within romantic relationships
as well as characteristics that are important in romantic partners, and 2)
to determine if young adolescents who endorse abstinence, safer, or risky
sexual activities differ in their perceptions of important partner
characteristics. Participants: Fifty-seven volunteers (mean age=13.8) were
recruited from eighth-grade classes in one urban middle school located in
a midwestern state. Fifty-six percent were female and 65% were Caucasian.
Methods: A descriptive design was employed. On an anonymous questionnaire,
participants rated the acceptability of 13 sexual activities within an
eighth-grade romantic relationship and the desirability of 23
characteristics in a boyfriend or girlfriend. For data analysis, partner
characteristics were divided into four categories: physical (e.g. cute),
personal (e.g. fun), social (e.g. popular) and risk behaviors (e.g. does
not drink). In addition, participants were divided into three endorsement
groups: an abstinence-only group (19%), a safer-sex group (35%) and a
risky-sex group (21%). Results: Among all participants, 44% perceived
abstinence as acceptable within an eighth-grade romantic relationship
while 60% indicated that sexual intercourse with a condom is acceptable. A
partner's physical, personal and risk behavior characteristics were rated
as very important. Young adolescents in the abstinence-only group were
significantly more likely to prefer partners who do not smoke or drink as
compared to the safer-sex and risky-sex groups. Conclusions: Young
adolescents have clear views of romantic relationships including
perceptions of acceptable behaviors and desirable partners. Such views
must be considered in the design of relationship-focused programs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleYoung Adolescents' Perceptions of Romantic Relationshipsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160145-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Young Adolescents' Perceptions of Romantic Relationships</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Royer, Heather, MS, APRN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin-Madison</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Predoctoral Student</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI, 53792, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">608-263-9040</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hroyer@wisc.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Mary Keller, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: Sexual activity in early adolescence generally takes place <br/> within the context of a romantic relationship. Yet, little is known about <br/> how young adolescents view sexual activities and partners within these <br/> relationships or, if certain views are associated with risky sexual <br/> behavior. The purposes of this investigation were: 1) to describe young <br/> adolescents' perceptions of sexual activity within romantic relationships <br/> as well as characteristics that are important in romantic partners, and 2) <br/> to determine if young adolescents who endorse abstinence, safer, or risky <br/> sexual activities differ in their perceptions of important partner <br/> characteristics. Participants: Fifty-seven volunteers (mean age=13.8) were <br/> recruited from eighth-grade classes in one urban middle school located in <br/> a midwestern state. Fifty-six percent were female and 65% were Caucasian. <br/> Methods: A descriptive design was employed. On an anonymous questionnaire, <br/> participants rated the acceptability of 13 sexual activities within an <br/> eighth-grade romantic relationship and the desirability of 23 <br/> characteristics in a boyfriend or girlfriend. For data analysis, partner <br/> characteristics were divided into four categories: physical (e.g. cute), <br/> personal (e.g. fun), social (e.g. popular) and risk behaviors (e.g. does <br/> not drink). In addition, participants were divided into three endorsement <br/> groups: an abstinence-only group (19%), a safer-sex group (35%) and a <br/> risky-sex group (21%). Results: Among all participants, 44% perceived <br/> abstinence as acceptable within an eighth-grade romantic relationship <br/> while 60% indicated that sexual intercourse with a condom is acceptable. A <br/> partner's physical, personal and risk behavior characteristics were rated <br/> as very important. Young adolescents in the abstinence-only group were <br/> significantly more likely to prefer partners who do not smoke or drink as <br/> compared to the safer-sex and risky-sex groups. Conclusions: Young <br/> adolescents have clear views of romantic relationships including <br/> perceptions of acceptable behaviors and desirable partners. Such views <br/> must be considered in the design of relationship-focused programs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:40:05Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:40:05Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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