Association of Childhood Personality on Sexual Risk Taking During Adolescence (2008)


Risky sexual behavior during teen years is associated with increased risk of STIs and unintended pregnancy. In this study, the Child Sample of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (CS-NLSY) was used to test the personality traits of children 5 or 6 years old and then again when children were 17 0r 18 years old. The survey compares childhood personality with actions during teen years.

Conclusion: “The findings suggest that children with personality profiles in which internalizing traits are more prominent are less likely than their peers to engage in sexual risk taking during late adolescence. The findings of this study augment previous studies that indicate that personality is an important predictor of development and underscore the importance of conducting research into the processes by which personality influences health behavior.”

Citation: Atkins, Robert. (2008). The association of childhood personality on sexual risk taking during adolescence. Journal of Sexual Health. Vol. 78., Issue 11. 594-600

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