Navigation Links
Girls From Poorer Areas More Likely to Have Sex Earlier

Partners are usually older boys with conduct problems, study says

THURSDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who live in poor neighborhoods are more likely to have sexual intercourse in early adolescence and to have their first sexual experiences with older boys, a Canadian study says.

The study included 2,596 Canadian teens who were followed from ages 12 to 15.

"Young girls who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to initiate sex at an early age, especially those young women with conduct problems," lead author Veronique Dupere said in a University of Montreal news release. "The results suggest that neighborhoods shape peer groups, which in turn influence when girls become sexually active."

The researchers also found that teen girls from poor neighborhoods who have a history of conduct problems are more likely to associate with deviant peers and to have their first sexual experiences with males who are three or more years older.

"Deviant peers are thought to provide a pool of willing partners and cultivate a sense that early sexual activity is desirable," Dupere said.

About 13 percent of the adolescents in the study were considered to have conduct problems, defined as engaging in three at-risk behaviors -- such as bullying, fighting, vandalism, stealing, running away, and staying out all night -- over one year.

Among boys, living in a poor neighborhood wasn't directly associated with the start of sexual activity in early adolescence, the study found.

"Contrary to girls for whom peers were of primary importance, family and individual risk appeared more influential in boys' timing their first sexual experience," Dupere said.

The study was published in the journal Child Development.

From a public health perspective, it's important to identify when and why young girls become sexually active, Dupere said.

"Other studies show that early initiators are more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases, undergo unwanted teen pregnancy and to report involuntary sexual experiences," she said.

"By identifying young adolescents who are particularly at risk, this study provides valuable insights for future intervention efforts. To maximize effectiveness, prevention programs need to take the larger social context into account and make special efforts to enroll vulnerable young adolescents."

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about teen sexual health.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Montreal, news release, Sept. 16, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Move over mean girls -- boys can be socially aggressive, too
2. Troubled girls from poor neighborhoods more likely to have sex in early adolescence
3. Special Summer Camp Helps Girls Recognize Inner and Outer Beauty
4. Reliability & Confidence Define a Nation Of It Girls
5. Americas Beauty Obsession Poses Serious Consequences for Women and Girls, Report Reveals
6. Asthma in boys may be just a phase, but for girls it may be there to stay
7. Nurturing Parents Can Cut Risk of Aggression in Girls
8. PRI: Pro-Life Leader Blames Feminist Groups for Slaughter of Girls
9. Diabetes Drug May Prevent Early Puberty in Young Girls
10. Breast-Feeding More Protective for Girls Than Boys
11. More girls than boys benefit from breastfeeding, Hopkins Childrens research shows
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... HemoTreat™ has announced that the ... ointment to its website. , “Our goal is simple:” says Michael Blasco, HemoTreat’s ... the comparison chart and ingredient list allows our customers to quickly see why, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... by athletic teams looking to maximize recovery through quality sleep. Tim DiFrancesco, training ... consistently get a better night’s sleep. ChiliPad precisely regulates the surface temperature of ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Plains, NJ (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... their top choice for innovative, patient centered orthopedic care. Led by John ... of your injury or chronic condition, the team at Advocare Orthopedic & Sports ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... Dr. Seth D. Margulies specializes in orthodontics and is ... Margulies to experience the best available orthodontic experience in the area. Dr. Margulies ... , Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... Newly reviewed and ... His grandfather graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1935. His father ... the Isola family being in dentistry as well as their commitment and passion to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... KONG, Nov. 30, 2015 (HK$,000)For the Six Months Ended 30 September 2015 ... Income , 421,979 , 384,242 , ... , 34,719 , (18.3) Medical Insurance ... , 16.1 Medical Devices and Accessories Sales , ... Chinese Herbal Medicines Sales , 2,822 , ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Calif. , Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... the norm in U.S. medical imaging is ... increasingly popular accountable care payer-provider contracts are ... and, in their wake, alter provider-vendor relationships. ... payments will push forward new purchasing frameworks ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nov. 30, 2015 Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... the development of oral drug delivery systems, announced today ... at up to $50,000,000 with Hefei Tianhui Incubator of Technologies Co., Ltd. ... capsule, ORMD-0801, in China , ... . The agreements were signed at the Israel ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: