Early onset of sexual intercourse is an indicator for hazardous lifestyle and problematic life situation
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, ISSN 0281-3432, E-ISSN 1502-7724, Vol. 27, no 1, 20-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: In public health efforts, knowledge about risk-groups is important for creating societal conditions to ensure good health on equal terms.
Aim: To investigate differences in lifestyle and perceived health among 15-year-old teenagers with experience of sexual intercourse (self-defined) and same-aged teenagers without experience of sexual intercourse.
Methods: A two-cluster questionnaire study among 15-year-old Swedish students (n = 2170) in 2009/10. Chi-squared test was used to identify differences between three groups: teenagers who had not had sexual intercourse; teenagers who had had sexual intercourse at age of 14 or younger; and teenagers who had had intercourse at an age of 15.
Results: Thirty-two per cent (n = 334) of girls and 31% (n = 324) of boys had had sexual intercourse. Teenagers with experience of sexual intercourse at 15 years or younger used more tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs than same-aged teenagers without intercourse experience did. Furthermore, teenagers with experience of intercourse, especially those with a debut at 14 year or younger, had less positive school experiences, more involvement in injuries and physical violence, were less (girls) and more (boys) physically active, and perceived a poorer health than teenagers without intercourse experience.
Conclusion: Sexual intercourse at the age of 15 or younger is an indicator for a hazardous lifestyle and problematic life situation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 27, no 1, 20-26 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179247DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2012.00989.xISI: 000314819900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179247DiVA: diva2:543878