175763 Location of residence and the effects of the conceptual borders imposed by rural, suburban, and urban living on adolescent males as related to age at sexual debut

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Alice L. March, RN PhD , Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Back ground: Adolescent males may experience significantly different ages at sexual debut due to the expected differences created by the conceptual borders of location of residence. Socioeconomic variations, values, norms, and expectations of behavior created by those invisible divides, combined with other factors affect when first intercourse occurs.

Purpose: This study analyzed differences in the risk and protective factors and health risk behaviors associated with age at sexual debut among rural, suburban, and urban adolescent men.

Methods: A secondary analysis of the 2003 YRBS data tested the model for factors affecting age at sexual debut among urban, suburban, and rural adolescent men. Multifactor ANOVAs analyzed the relationships between sexual debut, risk and protective factors, and health risk behaviors while controlling for location of residence.

Results: When examined in combination with protective factors, risk factors, and health risk behaviors, location of residence was a factor affecting age at sexual debut. The overall trends for location of residence included a younger age at sexual debut among urban males, followed by suburban males, then rural males.

Conclusion: Adolescents deserve appropriate interventions aimed at changing behaviors, regardless of where they live in order to meet Healthy People 2010 goals. Interventions to modify factors affecting age at sexual debut hold the potential to increase the percent of adolescents who abstain from intercourse and to increase condom use among those adolescents who are sexually active, but must be tailored to be appropriate to particular groups as created by the conceptual borders of where they live.

Learning Objectives:
State two risk or protective factors affecting age at sexual debut. List three health risk behaviors affecting age at sexual debut. Discuss the study’s findings regarding the effects of location on age at sexual debut.

Keywords: Adolescents, Male Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This is work completed as part of my dissertation, defended May 2006.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.