Heterosexual risk behaviour among young teenagers in Scotland

J Adolesc. 2002 Oct;25(5):483-94. doi: 10.1006/jado.2002.0493.


This paper provides the first detailed data on the heterosexual sexual experience of a large sample of 14-year-olds in Scotland. The paper investigates the prevalence, nature and correlates of early heterosexual intercourse, and the extent and correlates of condom use. Questionnaires were administered in 24 schools under examination conditions (N=7630). Eighteen per cent of boys and 15% of girls reported having had intercourse. Sixty per cent reported condoms were "used throughout". The most important correlate of sexual experience was low level of parental monitoring; the key predictor for condom use was whether or not the respondent talked to their partner about protection before having sexual intercourse.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Coitus*
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Safe Sex*
  • Scotland
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Socioeconomic Factors