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Title:The influence of parental supervision and rules on Black adolescent females' sexual activity and academic achievement
Author(s):Turner, Sherry Lynn
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Scott-Jones, Diane
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Black Studies
Women's Studies
Education, Educational Psychology
Education, Social Sciences
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract:This study examined the relationship of perceptions of parental supervision and rules to sexual activity and to academic achievement among Black adolescent females. Structured interviews were conducted with 106 low-income, Black adolescent females between the ages of 13 and 17 years. Results indicated that the adolescents perceived their parents as having rules and as supervising their social and achievement-related activities.
Hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to predict three measures of sexual activity and academic achievement from variables assessing parental supervision and rules and assessing background characteristics. Results indicated that adolescent age was the most significant predictor of sexual activity.
The results also indicated the role of parental supervision and rules in predicting adolescent sexual activity. Frequency of dating, number of areas in which parents had rules, and adolescent help in deciding rules were also significant predictors of frequency of sexual intercourse. For adolescents who had not experienced intercourse, level of noncoital activity was predicted by parental knowledge of the adolescents' activities. Grade point average was not predicted by the variables assessing parental supervision and rule and was not significantly related to sexual activity.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Turner, Sherry Lynn
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9026337
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9026337

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