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HBSC Network Publishes: Sexual initiation among adolescents in 17 European Countries

Sexual initiation is a significant transitional point for adolescents, and its timing can impact their health and well-being. Earlier sexual initiation has been linked with increased risk for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy during adolescence, short-term increases in depressive symptoms among girls, lower educational attainment by early adulthood, greater sex partner accumulation, and risky sexual practices in adulthood.

This study examined the influence of sociocultural norms, at a macrosocial level, on the likelihood of early sexual initiation by adolescents - investigating the relationship between country-level age norms for sexual timing and early sexual initiation among adolescents across 17 European countries. The analysis used cross national data from HBSC’s 2005/06 survey and the 2006/07 European Social Survey. Control variables included respondents’ age, family affluence, perceived socioeconomic status, family living arrangement, substance use, school attachment, and country-level legal age of consent.

The analysis found that in countries with higher age norms for sexual initiation timing, adolescents were less likely to initiate sex early.

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item 2139
[11-02-2014 to 26-03-2014]

 


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