The Influence of Family Factors on Adolescent Risky Sexual Behavior

Leslie Gordon Simons, University of Georgia
Daniel S. Murphy, Appalachian State University
Danielle Larkins, University of Georgia

The focus of this research is to address ways in which adolescent participation in risky sexual behavior is influenced by family structure and quality of parenting. Further, we examine the ways in which the relationship between risky sexual behavior and family factors is mediated by values and attitudes about marriage, partner characteristics, and sex. Results indicate that, for both males and females, quality of parenting and family structure are indirectly related to risky sexual behavior through their influence on the mediating variables.

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