Contraceptive behavior and adolescent lifestyles: a structural modeling approach

J Res Adolesc. 1997;7(3):307-29. doi: 10.1207/s15327795jra0703_4.


PIP: Findings are presented from a study assessing the relationship of contraceptive use to adolescent problem behavior and health-protective behavior. Study data were collected in spring 1992 from 793 sexually active, unmarried high school students in a large, metropolitan school district. Respondents are 51% male and approximately 34% White, 22% Black, 40% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 2% Native American. A latent variable measure of regular contraceptive use was shown to be negatively correlated with latent constructs of alcohol use, drug use, aggression, and delinquency, and positively correlated with latent variables of diet, exercise, seatbelt use, and dental hygiene. These findings point to the need to conceptualize contraceptive behavior within broader domains of behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent*
  • Age Factors
  • Americas
  • Behavior
  • Contraception
  • Contraception Behavior*
  • Demography
  • Developed Countries
  • Family Planning Services
  • Life Style*
  • North America
  • Population
  • Population Characteristics
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • United States