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Intercourse Debut Age: Poor Resources, Problem Behavior, or Romantic Appeal? A Population-Based Longitudinal Study

Willy Pedersen, Sven Ove Samuelsen and Lars Wichstrøm
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 40, No. 4 (Nov., 2003), pp. 333-345
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3813335
Page Count: 13
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Intercourse Debut Age: Poor Resources, Problem Behavior, or Romantic Appeal? A Population-Based Longitudinal Study
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Abstract

The most important predictors of early intercourse debut are reported to be poor social resources and early developing problem behaviors. In this study we have a new, additional emphasis on variables related to self-concept and social acceptance. In a population-based longitudinal study, 1,399 Norwegians were followed over a 7-year span. We analyzed data using multivariate Cox regression techniques. Early intercourse debut was part of a broader spectrum of problem behaviors, including early alcohol intoxication and early-developing conduct problems. A new finding was that a positive self-concept in the domain of "romantic appeal" was also a strong predictor, but only for boys. We suggest that the findings may have important implications for prevention and more research should be conducted along this line.

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