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NCJ Number: 209618 Find in a Library
Title: Gender/Racial Differences in Jocks Identity, Dating, and Adolescent Sexual Risk
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:34  Issue:2  Dated:April 2005  Pages:123-136
Author(s): Kathleen E. Miller; Michael P. Farrell; Grace M. Barnes; Merrill J. Melnick; Don Sabo
Date Published: April 2005
Page Count: 14
Publisher: http://www.springeronline.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the gender and race relationships among two dimensions of athletic involvement, dating and sexual risk-taking in a longitudinal sample of adolescents in New York.
Abstract: Even though studies indicate an overall decline in adolescent sexual activity over the past decade, sexual risk-taking remains a substantial danger to youth in the United States. Research has also identified adolescent athletic participation as a promising avenue for promoting sexual responsible behavior, particularly among girls. Using a longitudinal sample of over 600 western New York adolescents, this study examined the gender- and race-specific relationships between “jock” identity and adolescent sexual risk-taking. The study controlled for age, socioeconomic status, family cohesion, dating behavior, and athletic activity. The study tested three hypotheses: (1) male jocks would date more often than male nonjocks; (2) male jocks would engage in more sexual risk-taking than male nonjocks; and (3) African-American jocks would engage in more sexual risk-taking than African-American nonjocks. Study results indicate that for both genders, athletic activity is associated with lower levels of sexual risk-taking. However, jock identity is associated with higher levels of sexual risk-taking, particularly among African-American adolescents. References
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Adolescents with AIDS; Juvenile prostitution; Recreation; Risk taking behavior; Sexual behavior; Sexually abused adolescents
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