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Ann E Biddlecom – 1st expert on this subject based on the ideXlab platform

  • role of parents in Adolescent Sexual Activity and contraceptive use in four african countries
    International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2009
    Co-Authors: Ann E Biddlecom, Kofi Awusaboasare, Akinrinola Bankole

    Abstract:

    Data were collected in 2004 in nationally representative surveys of 12- to 19-year-olds in Burkina Faso Ghana Malawi and Uganda. Bivariate analysis was used to compare gender differences for two outcomes among unmarried 15- to 19-year-olds having had Sexual intercourse in the last 12 months and among those who had had sex in this period having used contraception at last sex. Unmarried Adolescents reported moderate to high levels of parental monitoring and low levels of parent-child communication about Sexual matters. In all countries Adolescent males who reported low monitoring were at elevated risk of having had sex in the last year as were their female counterparts in three of the countries. Communication with parents was positively associated with Sexual Activity among Malawian males and Ugandan females. Parental monitoring was not associated with contraceptive use at last sex whereas parent-child communication was associated with such use among Ghanaian females and among Ugandan Adolescents of both genders. The authors conclude that programs to improve Adolescent Sexual and reproductive health should include dimensions of parental involvement.

  • influence of social connectedness communication and monitoring on Adolescent Sexual Activity in ghana
    African Journal of Reproductive Health, 2007
    Co-Authors: Akwasi Kumikyereme, Kofi Awusaboasare, Ann E Biddlecom, Augustine Tanle

    Abstract:

    This paper examines connectedness to, communication with and monitoring of unmarried Adolescents in Ghana by parents, other adults, friends and key social institutions and the roles these groups play with respect to Adolescent Sexual Activity. The paper draws on 2004 nationally-representative survey data and qualitative evidence from focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with Adolescents in 2003. Adolescents show high levels of connectedness to family, adults, friends, school and religious groups. High levels of adult monitoring are also observed, but communication with family about sex-related matters was not as high as with non-family members. The qualitative data highlight gender differences in communication. Multivariate analysis of survey data shows a strong negative relationship between parental monitoring and recent Sexual Activity for males and females, and limited effects of communication. Creating a supportive environment and showing interest in the welfare of Adolescents appear to promote positive Sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
    Influence des liens sociaux, de la communication et de la surveillance sur l\’activite sexuelle de l\’Adolescent au Ghana. Cet article etudie les liens et la communication avec les Adolescents nonmaries et la surveillance par leurs parents, d\’autres adultes, les amis et les institutions sociales cle et les roles que jouent ces groupes a l\’egard de l\’activite sexuelle de l\’Adolescent. Cet article se fonde sur les donnes des enquetes a representation nationale et sur l\’evidence qualitative a partir des discussions a groupe cible et des interviews en profondeur aupres des Adolescents en 2003. Les Adolescents font preuve d\’un niveau eleve du liaison avec la famille, les adultes, les amis, avec l\’ecole et les groupes religieux. Nous avons, aussi note des niveaux eleves de surveillance, mais la communication avec la famille par rapport aux sujets lies au sexe n\’etait pas aussi eleve que chez ceux qui ne sont pas membres de famille. Les donnees qualitatives soulignent les differences de genres en ce qui concerne la communication. L\’analyse multifactorielle des donnees de l\’enquete montre un rapport negatif fort entre la surveillance parentale et l\’activite sexuelle recente pour mâles et femelles et les effets limites de la communication. La creation d\’un milieu de soutien et montrant l\’interet a legard du bien-etre des Adolescents semblent promouvoir des resultats positifs sur le plan de la sante sexuelle et de reproduction.
    Keywords : Adolescents, Ghana, connectedness, communication, monitoring, reproductive health African Journal of Reproductive Health Vol. 11 (3) 2007: pp. 133-147

  • influence of social connectedness communication and monitoring on Adolescent Sexual Activity in ghana original research article
    African Journal of Reproductive Health, 2007
    Co-Authors: Akwasi Kumikyereme, Augustine Tanle, Kofi Awusaboasare, Ann E Biddlecom

    Abstract:

    This paper examines connectedness to, communication with and monitoring of unmarried Adolescents in Ghana by parents, other adults, friends and key social institutions and the roles these groupsplay with respect to Adolescent Sexual Activity. The paper draws on 2004 nationally-representative survey data and qualitative evidence from focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with Adolescents in 2003. Adolescents show high levels of connectedness to family, adults, friends, school and religious groups. High levels of adult monitoring are also observed, but communication with family about sex-related matters was not as high as with non-family members. The qualitative datahighlight gender differences in communication. Multivariate analysis of survey data shows a strong negative relationship between parental monitoring and recent Sexual Activity for males and females,and limited effects of communication. Creating a supportive environment and showing interest in the welfare of Adolescents appear to promote positive Sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
    Influence des liens sociaux, de la communication et de la surveillance sur l’activite sexuelle de l’Adolescent au Ghana
    Cet article etudie les liens et la communication avec les Adolescents nonmaries et la surveillance par leurs parents, d’autres adultes, les amis et les institutions sociales cle et les roles que jouent ces groupes a l’egard de l’activite sexuelle de l’Adolescent. Cet article se fonde sur les donnes des enquetes a representation nationale et sur l’evidence qualitative a partir des discussions a groupe cible et des interviews en profondeur aupres des Adolescents en 2003. Les Adolescents font preuve d’un niveau eleve du liaison avec la famille, les adultes, les amis, avec l’ecole et les groupes religieux. Nous avons, aussi note des niveaux eleves de surveillance, mais la communication avec la famille par rapport aux sujets lies au sexe n’etait pas aussi eleve que chez ceux qui ne sont pas membres de famille. Les donnees qualitatives soulignent les differences de genres en ce qui concerne la communication. L’analyse multifactorielle des donnees de l’enquete montre un rapport negatif fort entre la surveillance parentale et l’activite sexuelle recente pour mâles et femelles et les effets limites de la communication. La creation d’un milieu de soutien et montrant l’interet a legard du bien-etre des Adolescents semblent promouvoir des resultats positifs sur le plan de la sante sexuelle et de reproduction.

Jane Mendle – 2nd expert on this subject based on the ideXlab platform

  • depression and Adolescent Sexual Activity in romantic and nonromantic relational contexts a genetically informative sibling comparison
    Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2013
    Co-Authors: Jane Mendle, Joseph Ferrero, Sarah R Moore, Paige K Harden

    Abstract:

    : Adolescent dating and Sexual Activity are consistently associated with risk for depression, yet the pathways underlying this association remain uncertain. Using data on 1,551 sibling pairs (ages 13-18) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the current study utilized a sibling comparison design to assess whether Adolescent dating, Sexual intercourse with a romantic partner, and Sexual intercourse with a nonromantic partner were associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms independent of familial factors. Results indicated that Adolescent dating, in and of itself, was not associated with depressive symptoms. The association between depressive symptoms and Sexual Activity with a romantic partner was fully accounted for by between-family genetic and shared environmental confounds. In contrast, Sexual Activity with a nonromantic partner was significantly associated with both mean levels of depressive symptoms and clinically severe depression, even within sibling dyads. This relationship was greater for younger Adolescents (<15 years). These results are consistent with a growing body of research demonstrating that relationship contexts may be critical moderators of the psychosocial aspects of Adolescent Sexual experiences.

  • Depression and Adolescent Sexual Activity in romantic and nonromantic relational contexts: a genetically-informative sibling comparison.
    Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2012
    Co-Authors: Jane Mendle, Joseph Ferrero, Sarah R Moore, K. Paige Harden

    Abstract:

    : Adolescent dating and Sexual Activity are consistently associated with risk for depression, yet the pathways underlying this association remain uncertain. Using data on 1,551 sibling pairs (ages 13-18) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the current study utilized a sibling comparison design to assess whether Adolescent dating, Sexual intercourse with a romantic partner, and Sexual intercourse with a nonromantic partner were associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms independent of familial factors. Results indicated that Adolescent dating, in and of itself, was not associated with depressive symptoms. The association between depressive symptoms and Sexual Activity with a romantic partner was fully accounted for by between-family genetic and shared environmental confounds. In contrast, Sexual Activity with a nonromantic partner was significantly associated with both mean levels of depressive symptoms and clinically severe depression, even within sibling dyads. This relationship was greater for younger Adolescents (

  • Adolescent Sexual Activity and the development of delinquent behavior the role of relationship context
    Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2011
    Co-Authors: Paige K Harden, Jane Mendle

    Abstract:

    Despite the well-established association between Adolescent Sexual Activity and delinquent behavior, little research has examined the potential importance of relationship contexts in moderating this association. The current study used longitudinal, behavioral genetic data on 519 same-sex twin pairs (48.6% female) divided into two age cohorts (13–15 and 16–18 years olds) drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Analyses tested whether Adolescent Sexual Activity that occurred in romantic versus non-romantic relationships was associated with delinquency from adolescence to early adulthood, after controlling for genetic influences. Results indicated that, for both younger and older Adolescents, common underlying genes influence both Sexual behavior and delinquency. After controlling for these genetic influences, there was no within-twin pair association between Sexual Activity and delinquency in younger Adolescents. In older Adolescents, Sexual Activity that occurred in romantic relationships predicted lower levels of delinquency, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, whereas Sexual Activity in non-romantic relationships predicted higher levels of delinquency. These results are consistent with emerging research that suggests that the psychological correlates of Adolescent Sexual Activity may be moderated by the social context in which this Activity occurs.

Paige K Harden – 3rd expert on this subject based on the ideXlab platform

  • depression and Adolescent Sexual Activity in romantic and nonromantic relational contexts a genetically informative sibling comparison
    Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2013
    Co-Authors: Jane Mendle, Joseph Ferrero, Sarah R Moore, Paige K Harden

    Abstract:

    : Adolescent dating and Sexual Activity are consistently associated with risk for depression, yet the pathways underlying this association remain uncertain. Using data on 1,551 sibling pairs (ages 13-18) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the current study utilized a sibling comparison design to assess whether Adolescent dating, Sexual intercourse with a romantic partner, and Sexual intercourse with a nonromantic partner were associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms independent of familial factors. Results indicated that Adolescent dating, in and of itself, was not associated with depressive symptoms. The association between depressive symptoms and Sexual Activity with a romantic partner was fully accounted for by between-family genetic and shared environmental confounds. In contrast, Sexual Activity with a nonromantic partner was significantly associated with both mean levels of depressive symptoms and clinically severe depression, even within sibling dyads. This relationship was greater for younger Adolescents (<15 years). These results are consistent with a growing body of research demonstrating that relationship contexts may be critical moderators of the psychosocial aspects of Adolescent Sexual experiences.

  • Adolescent Sexual Activity and the development of delinquent behavior the role of relationship context
    Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2011
    Co-Authors: Paige K Harden, Jane Mendle

    Abstract:

    Despite the well-established association between Adolescent Sexual Activity and delinquent behavior, little research has examined the potential importance of relationship contexts in moderating this association. The current study used longitudinal, behavioral genetic data on 519 same-sex twin pairs (48.6% female) divided into two age cohorts (13–15 and 16–18 years olds) drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Analyses tested whether Adolescent Sexual Activity that occurred in romantic versus non-romantic relationships was associated with delinquency from adolescence to early adulthood, after controlling for genetic influences. Results indicated that, for both younger and older Adolescents, common underlying genes influence both Sexual behavior and delinquency. After controlling for these genetic influences, there was no within-twin pair association between Sexual Activity and delinquency in younger Adolescents. In older Adolescents, Sexual Activity that occurred in romantic relationships predicted lower levels of delinquency, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, whereas Sexual Activity in non-romantic relationships predicted higher levels of delinquency. These results are consistent with emerging research that suggests that the psychological correlates of Adolescent Sexual Activity may be moderated by the social context in which this Activity occurs.