Sunday, November 20, 2011

Research paper

Werner-Wilson, R.J. (1998). Gender differences in adolescent sexual attitudes: The influence of individual and family factors. Adolescence, 33. Retrieved from

“Factors within the individual that are associated with sexual behavior include psychosocial characteristics (e.g., age at first intercourse, self-esteem), gender, and attitudes about sexuality. Adolescents are also influenced by their peers and family.”

This article is about how attitudes toward sex in adolescents depends on factors pertaining to the individual and family factors. This would be solid evidence for my paper because it involves a study done with high school students and their parents. This study was done in 1998, so it is most likely outdated and I should look for more recent studies. I could use this in my paper to compare influences on teenage attitudes toward sex now and from about 15 years ago.

Collins, R. L. et al (2004). Watching sex on television predicts adolescent initiation of sexual behavior. Pediatrics, 114, 280-289. doi: 10.1542/peds.2003-1065-L

Multivariate regression analysis indicated that adolescents who viewed more sexual content at baseline were more likely to initiate intercourse and progress to more advanced noncoital sexual activities during the subsequent year, controlling for respondent characteristics that might otherwise explain these relationships.”

This article explained a study done to try to calculate if watching TV for a certain amount of time each day would influence sexual behavior in teenagers, as well as what they did, how often, and at what age. Results found that adolescents who watched more TV that contained sexual behavior were more likely to participate in similar behavior during the following year. This study is more recent and it pertains to a different influence on sexual behavior, the media. Again, studies are beneficial in proving a point, but I will definitely need books or articles that don’t involve studies for more variety.

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