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Am J Public Health. 2006 Dec;96(12):2228-34. Epub 2006 Oct 31.

Environmental, social, and personal correlates of having ever had sexual intercourse among American Indian youths.

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Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55454-1015, USA. hellerstedt@epi.umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the correlates of having ever had sexual intercourse among American Indians aged 13 to 18 years in Minnesota.

METHODS:

To assess key environmental, social, and individual correlates of sexual experience, we analyzed data from 4135 American Indian youths who participated in the 1998 and 2001 Minnesota Student Surveys.

RESULTS:

Forty-two percent of those aged 13 to 15 years and 69% of those aged 16 to 18 years reported that they had ever had sexual intercourse. Correlates of sexual experience varied by age and gender. School connections had the strongest negative associations with sexual experience in young girls, and living with a father had negative associations with sexual experience for younger, but not older, youths. Sexual experience was most strongly and positively associated with risk behaviors such as substance use, violence exposure, and violence perpetuation.

CONCLUSIONS:

The strongest correlates of sexual experience for American Indian youths were high-risk behaviors and exposure to violence. Future work is needed to develop and employ measures that reflect youth assets and that specifically reflect the experiences of American Indian youths.

PMID:
17077401
PMCID:
PMC1698158
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2004.053454
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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