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Childhood Precursors of Age at First Intercourse for Females

Citation

Udry, J. Richard; Kovenock, Judith; Morris, Naomi M.; & Berg, Bea J. van den (1995). Childhood Precursors of Age at First Intercourse for Females. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 24(3), 329-37.

Abstract

Age at first intercourse for a sample of adult white women using variables measured during childhood is predicted. Childhood predictors were measured at birth, and ages 5 and 9-11, using existing public-use data on the women. Median age at first intercourse for the sample was 17.5 years. Early family predictors, early developmental characteristics, and temperamental characteristics during childhood together could predict about a fourth of the variance in age at first intercourse. The strongest predictors were motor skills and nightmares at age 5, church attendance with family at age 9, and domineering and mature personality at age 9.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/bf01541603

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Archives of Sexual Behavior

Author(s)

Udry, J. Richard
Kovenock, Judith
Morris, Naomi M.
Berg, Bea J. van den

Year Published

1995

Volume Number

24

Issue Number

3

Pages

329-37

Reference ID

495