Intention to engage in sexual behavior: Influence of family functioning and positive youth development over time

Man Sze Ma, Tan Lei Shek

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Abstract

This study examined the influences of family functioning and positive youth development on the intention among adolescents to engage in sexual behavior using a longitudinal design involving two waves of data. Using a cross-lagged approach, analyses using structural equation modeling showed that positive youth development qualities at Time 1 predicted the intention to engage in sexual activity in the future at, Time 2, via family functioning at Time 2. However, positive youth development at Time 2 did not mediate the effect of family functioning at Time 1 on the intention to engage in sexual behavior at Time 2. Family functioning at Time 2 was concurrently associated with the intention to engage in sexual activity at Time 2. This study highlighted the importance of family functioning and positive youth development in reducing risky sexual behavior of early adolescents in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-253
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014

Keywords

  • cross-lagged design
  • intention to engage in sexual behavior
  • longitudinal data
  • structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing

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