Neighborhood, Family, and Work: Influences on the Premarital Behaviors of Adolescent Males

Ku, Leighton; Sonenstein, Freya L.; Pleck, Joseph H.
December 1993
Social Forces;Dec93, Vol. 72 Issue 2, p479
Academic Journal
This article presents a study which examines the effects of neighborhood, family, and individual characteristics on teenage male's premarital sexual and contraceptive behaviors. The study examines how certain neighborhood, family, and personal characteristics affect the premarital behaviors of teenage males in the U.S. The analysis has two objectives. First, substantively, it examines determinants of males' sexual and fertility-related behavior, particularly focusing on employment and educational status. Researchers explore, the role of employment, education, income, and other characteristics, measured at neighborhood and personal levels, on the sexual behavior of young men, including number of partners, frequency of intercourse, contraceptive use, impregnation, and paternity. This approach enables us, to examine hypotheses regarding employment opportunities and. male sexual behavior, as discussed above. It also focuses on structural social and economic factors that are relatively exogenous to a young man's premarital behavior.


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