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Journal Article

Adolescent Sexual Behavior in Two Ethnic Minority Samples: The Role of Family Variables

Kim S. Miller, Rex Forehand and Beth A. Kotchick
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 61, No. 1 (Feb., 1999), pp. 85-98
DOI: 10.2307/353885
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353885
Page Count: 14
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Adolescent Sexual Behavior in Two Ethnic Minority Samples: The Role of Family Variables
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Abstract

This study examined family structural variables (family income, parental education, and maternal marital status) and process variables (maternal monitoring, mother-adolescent general communication, mother-adolescent sexual communication, and maternal attitudes about adolescent sexual behavior) as predictors of indices of adolescent sexual behavior and risk due to sexual behavior in 907 Black and Hispanic families from Montgomery, Alabama, New York City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The findings indicated that family-structure variables failed to predict adolescent sexual behavior. In contrast, each of three family-process variables predicted multiple indices of adolescent sexual behavior and risk due to sexual behavior. Neither adolescent gender nor ethnicity qualified the findings. Differences did emerge among the three locations and by reporter (adolescent of mother) of the family process variables.

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