Predictors of African American adolescent sexual activity: An ecological framework

Jelani Mandara*, Carolyn B. Murray, Audrey K. Bangi

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The present study identified predictors of African American adolescent sexual activity. An ecological model of personal, familial, and extrafamilial risk factors was proposed. Forty-eight female and 53 male African American adolescents participated. Hierarchical logistic regression and structural equation modeling found some support for the model. Risk factors were found at each level of the adolescents' social ecology and explained over 80% of the variance in sexual activity. Being older, male, having low parental monitoring, using drugs, and having friends that used drugs decreased the probability of being a virgin. Virgins also expected to live 10 years longer than nonvirgins. It was suggested that fathers and community members should take a more active role in adolescents' lives to curb the threat of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in the African American community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-356
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003


  • Adolescents
  • African American
  • Drugs
  • Sexual activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology


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