Home > Publications . Search All . Browse All . Country . Browse PSC Pubs . PSC Report Series

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Lam looks at population and development in next 15 years in UN commission keynote address

Mitchell et al. find harsh family environments may magnify disadvantage via impact on 'genetic architecture'

Frey says Arizona's political paradoxes explained in part by demography

Highlights

PSC newsletter spring 2014 issue now available

Kusunoki wins faculty seed grant award from Institute for Research on Women and Gender

2014 PAA Annual Meeting, May 1-3, Boston

USN&WR ranks Michigan among best in nation for graduate education in sociology, public health, economics

Next Brown Bag

Monday, April 21
Grant Miller: Managerial Incentives in Public Service Delivery

Kathleen Ford photo

American Adolescents: Sexual Mixing Patterns, Bridge Partners and Concurrency.

Publication Abstract

Ford, Kathleen, Woosung Sohn, and James M. Lepkowski. 2002. "American Adolescents: Sexual Mixing Patterns, Bridge Partners and Concurrency." Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 29(1): 13-19.

Background: American adolescents have a high incidence of sexually transmitted infections. Patterns of sexual partner choice influence the transmission of infections in this population.

Goal: To examine patterns of sexual mixing, bridging, and concurrency in American adolescents and the association of these characteristics with condom use.

Study Design: This project used the AddHEALTH survey data. The survey selected a sample of schools, then conducted in-home interviews with 18,984 students in 1995. A second wave of data collection was conducted 2 years later. The data on sexual relationships collected in the study were analyzed.

Results: Respondents ranged in age from 13 to 17 years. Sex partnerships with persons of differing age groups were very common in this population (45% of sexual partnerships). Relationships with persons of different ethnicity were more common among Latinos (42%) than among white (14%) and black (15%) respondents. A large proportion of the sample reported more than two partners (56%). Among these persons, a large proportion reported partners in two different age groups (69%) and ethnic groups (35%) as well as concurrent partners (54%). Condom use was lower among persons with partners in different age groups and among persons with a larger number of partners.

Conclusions: The large number of adolescents who have sexual relationships with persons of different characteristics creates bridges for infections between different groups. Counseling of sexually active adolescents should include discussion on issues of power and communication in these relationships.

Browse | Search : All Pubs | Next