Social Work Faculty Publications

Title

The Influence of Family Structure on Sexual Activity in a Randomized Effectiveness Trial for Minority Youth

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2012

Journal Title

Journal of Family Social Work

ISSN

1052-2158

Volume

15

Issue

4

First Page

288

Last Page

302

DOI

10.1080/10522158.2012.695322

Abstract

This study examined the influence of family structure on the outcomes of a sex education program in Miami, Florida. Using an experimental design, data collection occurred at pretest, 3-month, and 6-month follow-up with a sample of teenagers from high schools with a large majority of minority youth, assigned into treatment (n = 549) and control (n = 424) groups. Results indicated family structure had no influence on predicting teen sexual activity at pretest or at 3- or 6-month follow-up. Additional research using experimental designs is needed to assess the influence of family structure on other areas of adolescent development.

Keywords

Blacks, families, sexually transmitted diseases, data analysis, family relations, pre-tests & post-tests, abortion, confidence intervals, epidemiology, minorities, miscarriage, human sexuality, white people, logistic regression analysis, social support, randomized controlled trials

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