This article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the purpose of the article was
To examine the association between “competence” and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) outcomes. Competence refers to the development of skills to perform tasks successfully in four areas including social and behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and moral competence. We conducted a systematic review of research published from 1985 through 2007… Helping adolescents to achieve cognitive, social, and behavioral competence may reduce the likelihood of sexual activity and teen pregnancy, and increase contraceptive use.
The article discusses the method of the research conducted and the results. You can view the entire article here: Competence as a Predictor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes for Youth