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Bidirectional Associations Between Adolescents' Sexual Behaviors and Psychological Well-Being.

Authors
  • Nogueira Avelar E Silva, Raquel1
  • van de Bongardt, Daphne2
  • Baams, Laura3
  • Raat, Hein4
  • 1 Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Netherlands)
  • 2 Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 3 Population Research Center, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 4 Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Publication Date
Oct 17, 2017
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.08.008
PMID: 29054736
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Our results show that, among Dutch adolescents, early sexual behaviors and psychological well-being were not interrelated. This may be explained by socio-cultural aspects of the Dutch society, such as more normalization of sexual behaviors during adolescence. As a result, early sexual activity in and of itself was not related to lower psychological well-being over time. Yet, cross-cultural differences in links between adolescents' sexuality and well-being should be further investigated.

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