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Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2013 Aug;18(4):242-50. doi: 10.3109/13625187.2013.798408. Epub 2013 May 22.

Protective and risk factors of early sexual initiation in youth subcultures.

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Graduate School, Kosice Institute for Society and Health, Safarik University, Kosice, Slovak Republic. daniela.bobakova@upjs.sk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the association between subculture affiliation (Hip-hop, Techno-scene, Metal, Punk, Skinheads) and early sexual initiation, and whether gender, family affluence, peer influence, lack of parental bonding and lack of parental monitoring explain this association.

METHODS:

We collected data on 15-year-old primary school pupils who participated in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children 2009/2010 study. The association of subculture affiliation with early sexual initiation was adjusted for gender, family affluence, peer influence, lack of parental bonding and lack of parental monitoring in five consecutive models using logistic regression.

RESULTS:

Nearly 50% of the adolescents had a subculture affiliation. These youths were significantly more likely than other adolescents to have had sexual intercourse. Peer influence explained 49% of this association. Adding lack of parental bonding and lack of parental monitoring into the model weakened the association of subculture affiliation with early sexual initiation (20%), but this association remained statistically significant.

CONCLUSION:

Youth subculture affiliation is strongly correlated with early sexual initiation. This association is mediated for a large part by peer influence and defective parental monitoring and bonding. Health promotion regarding early sexual initiation should therefore in particular target adolescents under strong influence of peers and with weak parental relationships.

PMID:
23692558
DOI:
10.3109/13625187.2013.798408
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