Family Influences on Adolescent Sexual Activity and Alcohol Use
Tsui-Sui Annie Kao*, Winifred Ann Carter
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
First Page: 10
Last Page: 18
Publisher Id: TOFAMSJ-5-10
Article History:Received Date: 17/7/2013
Revision Received Date: 23/9/2013
Acceptance Date: 24/9/2013
Electronic publication date: 18/10/2013
Collection year: 2013
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Sexual activity and alcohol use continue to have negative effects on the well-being of today’s adolescents. This study used multiple regression analysis to examine relationships among personal factors, family factors, and adolescent sexual activity and alcohol use over three time points. Significant protective factors, which were inversely related to risky behavior, included general adolescent–mother communication, father and family connectedness, and disapproving parental attitudes towards sex. Permissive parenting was associated with self-efficacy for safe sex, early sexual initiation, and increased alcohol use. Health care providers should work to promote positive parent–child relationships and familial protective effects.