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Mon, March 5, 2018, noon: Judith Seltzer on Family Complexity

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What contributes to multiple-partner sexual relations among young women?

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Postdoc Abigail Weitzman looks at factors affecting sexual concurrency among young women, including both childhood experiences and changes over time in personal circumstances and relationship dynamics.

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Sexual Behavior During the Transition to Adulthood and Associated Health Outcomes

Understanding the determinants of sexual concurrency (having overlapping sexual partnerships) is a key step toward understanding variation in sexual risk-taking more broadly. This study provides one of the first in-depth analyses of sexual concurrency among young adult women in the United States. It uses data from the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study on the self-reported sexual activities of a racially and socioeconomically diverse, population-representative random sample of young adult women over two and a half years. The objectives are to determine which childhood and adolescent experiences affect the likelihood of sexual concurrency and the mechanisms underlying this relationship, and to investigate how changes in personal circumstances and relationship dynamics contribute to young women's likelihood of concurrency over time. Fixed and random effects regression models will be used to assess how the probability of sexual concurrency differs within and across women over the study period.

Abigail Weitzman

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