With sixth-grade risk factors controlled, relationship status in seventh grade remained significant only for females; the association was explained by early menarche and by participation in situations that could lead to sex and riskier peer norms in eighth grade.For males, eighth-grade situations that could lead to sex, Hispanic ethnicity and sixth-grade peer norms explained ninth-grade sexual behavior.Males who had had a girlfriend their age by seventh grade were more likely than those who had had no relationship to report sexual activity in ninth grade (odds ratio, 2.1).
Logistic regression analyses examine whether these patterns predict early sexual initiation, and whether there are differences associated with gender and race.
RESULTS: As youth moved from late childhood to midadolescence, they shifted from having almost exclusively same-sex, same-grade friends to having more relationships with persons who are of the opposite sex and older.
Having a boyfriend or girlfriend, especially an older one, is associated with increased sexual risk in early adolescence.
The mechanisms underlying this association are unclear.
Parents may wait to talk to their teens about sexuality until they believe their child is in a romantic relationship.
To examine this, telephone surveys were conducted with 1069 parents of adolescents.
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By ages 15-16, 34% had had sexual intercourse; the proportion was significantly higher among blacks (45%) than among others (31%).
Most adolescents reported neither frequent dating nor a steady partner by ages 15-16, although the prevaleance of such reports was related to friendship patterns in late childhood.
To reduce the risk of adolescent sexual activity, parents and communities should encourage youth in middle school, especially females who experience early menarche, to delay serious romantic relationships.