TITLE

Perceived STD risk, relationship, and health values in adolescents' delaying sexual intercourse with new partners

AUTHOR(S)
Rosengarci, C.; Adler, N. E.; Millsteth, S. G.; Gurvey, J. E.; Ellen, J. M.
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Sexually Transmitted Infections;Apr2004, Vol. 80 Issue 2, p130
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objectives: To examine the amount of time adolescents waited to have intercourse with post partners (main and casual), and intentions to delay with future partners. To determine psychosocial factors which predict delay intentions among adolescent males and females with future partners (main and casual). Methods: Adolescent STD clinic attendees were approached before clinical appointments to participate in on interview. Data from 205 participants who had previous experience with both main and casual partners were used in the current study. Results: Adolescents waited less time to have intercourse with most recent casual than with most recent main partners (χ² = 31.97, p<0.0001). The amount of time waited with past partners was shorter than intended time to wait in future relationships (medians of 1 month v 2 months (main) (1= 3.47, p<0.001 0; medians of 2 weeks v 1 month (casual) (t=6.14, p<0.0001)). Factors influencing intentions to delay intercourse with future main partners differed by sex; males were negatively influenced by importance of sex in relationships, while females were positively influenced by importance of intimacy in relationships, perceived risk of STDs, and health values. Conclusions: Implications for designing interventions for adolescent males and females are discussed.
ACCESSION #
13093088

 

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