Testing a structural equation model of early adolescent sexual behavior: A preliminary analysis

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163650
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Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Testing a structural equation model of early adolescent sexual behavior: A preliminary analysis
Author(s):
Kim, Yookyung; Doswell, Willa M.
Author Details:
Yookyung Kim, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, email: ykk@pitt.edu; Willa M. Doswell
Abstract:
Purpose: Early sexual activity is becoming increasingly common at earlier ages, particularly during early adolescence. The purpose of this study is to test a structural equation model of mother's subjective norms of sexual behavior (MSN) and sexual behavior (SB) in African-American adolescent girls. Specific Aims: (1) To examine whether MSN has a direct effect on SB. (2) To examine the indirect relationship between MSN and SB through intention to engage in early sexual behavior (BI). We hypothesizes that the effect of MSN on SB diminishes upon the addition of BI in the structural equation model. Framework: This study used the Fishbein's conceptual framework, the theory of reasoned action, and modified the model by adding causal relationship between MSN and SB to determine the impact of mother's social norms on early sexual behavior. Methods: This study used cross-sectional descriptive design. The sample consisted of a school and age-stratified random weighted sample of 106 African-American girls, ages 11-14 years attending 12 middle schools in a mid-size Northeastern city. Data were collected by interviewers with measures of MSN, BI, and SB. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis was used to test whether BI carries the influence of MSN to SB in African-American adolescent girls. SEM specifies the direct and indirect relationships among latent variables and estimates path coefficients and the amount of explained and unexplained variance. Results and Conclusion: Preliminary SEM analysis showed that MSN had a direct effect on SB (t=-1.98, p=.047) and the effect of MSN on SB diminished significantly (t=-.745, p=.453) upon the addition of BI in the structural equation model. SEM results also showed that MSN had a significant effect on BI (t=5.93, p< .001) and BI had a significant effect on SB (t=-2.17, p=.03). Implications: The results provided insights in the development of interventions to delay the onset of early sexual behavior. Instead of health care providers considering themselves the primary providers of information, they need to incorporate parents, engaged in parent-child activities with their teen, as an integral part of the intervention. And intention to engage in early sexual behavior may also be included in health promotion interventions around female adolescent sexuality and sexual behavior issues.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
14th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTesting a structural equation model of early adolescent sexual behavior: A preliminary analysisen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKim, Yookyungen_US
dc.contributor.authorDoswell, Willa M.en_US
dc.author.detailsYookyung Kim, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, email: ykk@pitt.edu; Willa M. Doswellen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163650-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Early sexual activity is becoming increasingly common at earlier ages, particularly during early adolescence. The purpose of this study is to test a structural equation model of mother's subjective norms of sexual behavior (MSN) and sexual behavior (SB) in African-American adolescent girls. Specific Aims: (1) To examine whether MSN has a direct effect on SB. (2) To examine the indirect relationship between MSN and SB through intention to engage in early sexual behavior (BI). We hypothesizes that the effect of MSN on SB diminishes upon the addition of BI in the structural equation model. Framework: This study used the Fishbein's conceptual framework, the theory of reasoned action, and modified the model by adding causal relationship between MSN and SB to determine the impact of mother's social norms on early sexual behavior. Methods: This study used cross-sectional descriptive design. The sample consisted of a school and age-stratified random weighted sample of 106 African-American girls, ages 11-14 years attending 12 middle schools in a mid-size Northeastern city. Data were collected by interviewers with measures of MSN, BI, and SB. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis was used to test whether BI carries the influence of MSN to SB in African-American adolescent girls. SEM specifies the direct and indirect relationships among latent variables and estimates path coefficients and the amount of explained and unexplained variance. Results and Conclusion: Preliminary SEM analysis showed that MSN had a direct effect on SB (t=-1.98, p=.047) and the effect of MSN on SB diminished significantly (t=-.745, p=.453) upon the addition of BI in the structural equation model. SEM results also showed that MSN had a significant effect on BI (t=5.93, p< .001) and BI had a significant effect on SB (t=-2.17, p=.03). Implications: The results provided insights in the development of interventions to delay the onset of early sexual behavior. Instead of health care providers considering themselves the primary providers of information, they need to incorporate parents, engaged in parent-child activities with their teen, as an integral part of the intervention. And intention to engage in early sexual behavior may also be included in health promotion interventions around female adolescent sexuality and sexual behavior issues.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:11:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:11:20Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name14th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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