Sexual intercourse and pregnancy among African American girls in high-poverty neighborhoods: The role of family and perceived community environment

Mignon R. Moore*, P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

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Abstract

Data are used from a random sample of African American families in impoverished Chicago neighborhoods to address two questions: How well do modeling, supervision, and marital transition hypotheses explain the relationship between family structure and early sexual debut and pregnancy for disadvantaged Black female adolescents? Do higher levels of social support from parents and neighborhood adults decrease the risk of sexual activity for youth in poor communities? Support for each hypothesis is contingent upon the family transition experienced and specific sexual outcome examined. Living in any type of married household reduces the risk of sexual debut and pregnancy. Stronger parent-child relationships are associated with delayed sexual onset, whereas the risk of pregnancy is reduced when adolescents report more working adults in their social networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1146-1157
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2001

Keywords

  • Adolescent sexual activity
  • African American
  • Family structure
  • Neighborhood environment
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Stepfamily

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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