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NCJ Number: 237123 Find in a Library
Title: Pubertal Timing and Early Sexual Intercourse in the Offspring of Teenage Mothers
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:40  Issue:10  Dated:October 2011  Pages:1315-1328
Author(s): Natacha M. De Genna; Cynthia Larkby; Marie D. Cornelius
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 14
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined pubertal timing and sexual debut among the 14-year-old offspring of teenage mothers.
Abstract: Early puberty is associated with stressful family environments, early sexual intercourse, and teenage pregnancy. The authors examined pubertal timing and sexual debut among the 14-year-old offspring of teenage mothers. Mothers (71 percent Black, 29 percent White) were recruited as pregnant teenagers (12-18 years old). Data were collected during pregnancy and when offspring were 6, 10 and 14 years old (n = 318). Adolescents (50 percent male) compared the timing of their pubertal maturation to same-sex peers. There was a significant 3-way interaction effect of race, sex, and pubertal timing on sexual debut (n = 305). This effect remained significant in a model controlling for maternal age at first intercourse, substance use, exposure to trauma, authoritative parenting, and peer sexual activity (n = 255). Early maturation was associated with early sex in daughters, and may be one pathway for the inter-generational transfer of risk for teenage pregnancy among daughters of teenage mothers. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent parents; Adolescent pregnancy; Adolescents at risk; Biological influences; Sexual behavior; Youth development
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