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J Child Fam Stud. 2012 Oct 1;21(5):799-806.

The Role of Implicit Measurement in the Assessment of Risky Behavior: A Pilot Study with African American Girls.

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Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA.


With the aim of developing a novel strategy for identifying vulnerability for early sexual activity and adjustment problems, African American girls (n = 39) completed partially structured scenarios in which female characters of similar age faced circumstances characterized by varying levels of risk. Most girls indicated that they believed the characters would have sex, regardless of their own sexual history or the level of risk in the scenario. However, the combination of girls' sexual history and girls' predictions of characters' behavior in the scenario provided more information regarding the girls at greatest risk for adjustment problems. Implicit techniques offer an additional strategy for identifying girls most vulnerable to adjustment difficulties in the context of early sexual activity.


Adolescent; Early sexual behavior; Implicit measurement; Partially structured scenarios; Pilot

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