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J Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Dec;26(6):e45-54. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2011.03.007. Epub 2011 Jul 1.

Testing the theory of reasoned action in explaining sexual behavior among African American young teen girls.

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  • 1Department of Health Promotion & Development, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. wdo100@pitt.edu

Abstract

This study tested the Theory of Reasoned Action to examine the prediction of early sexual behavior among African American young teen girls. Baseline data from a longitudinal randomized clinical trial were used. Between 2001 and 2005, 198 middle-school girls aged 11 to 14 years were recruited. As girls aged, they held more permissive attitudes toward engaging in early sexual behavior and had a higher intention to engage in early sexual behavior. Intention was a significant predictor to explain sexual behavior among the girls. There is a need to develop strategies that promote intention related to delay and prevention of early sexual behavior.

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