Contraceptive behavior and adolescent lifestyles: A structural modeling approach

J. Dennis Fortenberry, Frances M. Costa, Richard Jessor, John E. Donovan

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Abstract

Relations of contraceptive behavior, problem behaviors, and health-protective behaviors were examined in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse sample of sexually active adolescents. First-order latent variables representing contraceptive use, alcohol use, drug use, aggression, delinquency, diet, exercise, seatbelt use, and dental hygiene were established, using multiple observed measures for each latent variable. Relations among these first-order latent constructs of contraception, problem behaviors, and health behaviors were examined using second-order confirmatory factor analysis. Three alternative models were compared: a second-order factor of problem behavior alone accounting for variation in contraceptive use; a second-order factor of health-protective behavior alone accounting for variation in contraceptive use; and second-order latent variables of both problem behavior and health-protective behavior accounting for variation in contraceptive use. Models including a path between health protection and contraception provided the best fit for the data. The findings demonstrate substantial organization among adolescent health and problem behaviors and suggest that contraceptive behavior should be conceptualized within broader domains of behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-329
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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Contraception Behavior
contraceptive
Life Style
Contraceptive Agents
adolescent
Health
Adolescent Behavior
health
Oral Hygiene
Health Behavior
Aggression
Contraception
contraception
Statistical Factor Analysis
Alcohols
Problem Behavior
Exercise
Diet
dental hygiene
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Contraceptive behavior and adolescent lifestyles : A structural modeling approach. / Fortenberry, J. Dennis; Costa, Frances M.; Jessor, Richard; Donovan, John E.

In: Journal of Research on Adolescence, Vol. 7, No. 3, 01.01.1997, p. 307-329.

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Fortenberry, J. Dennis ; Costa, Frances M. ; Jessor, Richard ; Donovan, John E. / Contraceptive behavior and adolescent lifestyles : A structural modeling approach. In: Journal of Research on Adolescence. 1997 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 307-329.
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