J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2011 Mar;20(1):49-60. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2011.20.1.49.

Validation of a Path Model to Prevent Sexual Risk Behavior in Adolescents

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Catholic University of Daegu, Korea. jungsy@cu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
In this study the fitness of a path model on sexual risk behavior in adolescents was examined including the relationship of the following sensation seeking, parent-adolescent communication, exposure to pornography, friends' attitudes to sex, attitudes to sexual behavior, sexual permissiveness, perceived behavioral control, and sexual behavioral intention.
METHODS
The participants were 354 adolescents. Data were analyzed using the SPSS and AMOS programs.
RESULTS
Parent-adolescent communication, exposure to pornography, friends' attitudes to sex, and sexual behavioral intention showed a direct effect on sexual risk behavior in adolescents, while sensation seeking, exposure to pornography, friends' attitudes to sex, attitudes to sexual behavior, sexual permissiveness, and perceived behavioral control showed an indirect effect on sexual risk behavior in adolescents. The modified path model of adolescent's sexual risk behavior had a good fit with the data.
CONCLUSION
Based on the outcomes of this study, it is necessary to design intervention programs that emphasize increasing parent-adolescent communication, perceived behavioral control, and sexual behavioral intention and reducing exposure to pornography, friends' attitudes to sex, attitudes to sexual behavior, and sexual permissiveness in order to decrease adolescent's sexual risk behavior.

Keyword

Adolescent; Risk; Sexual behavior
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