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Predicting Early Sexual Activity with Behavior Problems Exhibited at School Entry and in Early Adolescence

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dc.contributor.author Schofield, H. L. T., Bierman, K. L., Heinrichs, B., Nix, R. L., & Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-27T17:09:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-27T17:09:30Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Schofield, H. L. T., Bierman, K. L., Heinrichs, B., Nix, R. L., & Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group. (2008). Predicting early sexual activity with behavior problems exhibited at school entry and in early adolescence. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 36(8), 1175-1188. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2729765/pdf/nihms136649.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3409
dc.description.abstract Youth who initiate sexual intercourse in early adolescence (age 11–14) experience multiple risks, including concurrent adjustment problems and unsafe sexual practices, The current study tested two models describing the links between childhood precursors, early adolescent risk factors, and adolescent sexual activity: a cumulative model and a meditational model, A longitudinal sample of 694 boys and girls from four geographical locations was utilized, with data collected from kindergarten through high school. Structural equation models revealed that, irrespective of gender or race, high rates of aggressive disruptive behaviors and attention problems at school entry increased risk for a constellation of problem behaviors in middle school (school maladjustment, antisocial activity, and substance use) which, in turn, promoted the early initiation of sexual activity. Implications are discussed for developmental models of early sexual activity and for prevention programming. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of abnormal child psychology en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject externalizing behaviors en_US
dc.subject aggression en_US
dc.subject substance abuse en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Predicting Early Sexual Activity with Behavior Problems Exhibited at School Entry and in Early Adolescence en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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