Sexual Initiation

By: Pearson, Jennifer, Muller, Chandra, and Frisco, Michelle L.

These researchers studied data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and found that after controlling for parental involvement adolescents living in other family structures had between 1.4 and 3 times higher odds of initiating a sexual encounter than adolescents living with both biological parents.

Parental involvement, family structure, and adolescent sexual decision making. Sociological Perspectives49 (1): 67-90.