Childhood Adversity and Early Age Sexual Activity in Taiwan: Gender Differences

Carol Strong, Ly Yun Chang

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The experience of childhood family adversity may affect adolescent sexual behavior, yet the variation in the types of adversities is unknown. We analyzed data from the Taiwan Education Panel Survey. In 2007, 18,995 students aged 18 years retrospectively reported the age of first sexual activity and the experiences of childhood adversities. Multinomial logistic regression was used to examine the association of childhood adversities with the timing of first sexual occurrence. Parental psychopathology and parental death had significant associations with first sex to occur during periods before age 12, ages 12 to 15, and ages 15 to 18. The impact of some types of adversities on sexual behavior started as early as elementary school, but others influenced children’s sexual behavior at a later stage. Parental separation/divorce showed a stronger association with early onset of sex activity for females, that is, sexual debut before age 12.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-221
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb 1

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Taiwan
Sexual Behavior
gender-specific factors
childhood
Parental Death
Adolescent Behavior
Divorce
parental separation
Psychopathology
psychopathology
divorce
Logistic Models
elementary school
Students
Education
experience
logistics
adolescent
death
regression

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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