TITLE

Coital and Non-coital Sexual Behaviors of White and Black Adolescents

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Edward A.; Udry, J. Richard
PUB. DATE
October 1985
SOURCE
American Journal of Public Health;Oct85, Vol. 75 Issue 10, p1200
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: As part of a longitudinal study of young adolescents. data were collected in 1980 on the non-coital and coital sexual experiences of male and female adolescents who ranged in age from 12 to 15 at the time of the initial contact. The follow-up data were collected two years later. Both a Gullman-scale analysis and a longitudinal analysis of these data indicate different sexual patterns between While and Black teens; Whites are more likely than Blacks to engage in predictable series of non-coital behaviors for a period of time before their first intercourse experience. Of the sexual behaviors studied, the pre-coital experiences of Black teens were less predictable and often involved only necking. These differences in sexual norms offer a partial explanation for the different pregnancy rates between these two groups. They also suggest that sexual and contraceptive education and counseling need to be cognizant of these differences since pre-coital experience may function as both a mechanism to prolong abstinence and to promote a gradual acceptance of one's sexuality. (Am J Public Health 1985: 75:1200-1203.)
ACCESSION #
4947848

 

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