In this chapter we examine the influence of family functioning and positive youth development on intention to engage in sexual behavior among adolescents using a longitudinal design involving two waves of data. Using a cross-lagged design, analyses using structural equation modeling showed that positive youth development qualities at Time 1 predicted intention to engage in sexual activity in 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 intention to engage in sexual behavior at Time 2. Family functioning at Time 2 was concurrently associated with intention to sexual activity at Time 2. The study highlighted the importance of family functioning and positive youth development in reducing risky sexual behavior of early adolescents in Hong Kong.
|Title of host publication||Human Developmental Research|
|Subtitle of host publication||Experience from Research in Hong Kong|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)