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

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Developmental Research
Subtitle of host publicationExperience from Research in Hong Kong
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages179-189
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781628081671
ISBN (Print)9781628081664
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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