There is evidence of some important differences in attitudes between blacks and whites. Change in marital status does not appear to precipitate girls' initiation of sexual activity; however, girls who had lived continuously with only their mother were more likely to initiate sexual activity Newcomer and Udry, Billy and Udry b,c and Billy et al. There are large black-white differences in levels of sexual activity in the crude data, and these differences do not diminish when controls for other factors including poverty status are introduced Zelnik et al. For those who view with their parents, greater television viewing is associated with much lower level of sexual experience.
The processes considered here are two:
Talking to Teenagers about Contraception, Pornography and Consent
A recent analysis of the National Survey of Children Furstenberg et al. This includes evaluations of the consequences of different actions and, as a result, the attractiveness of different options available to the individual. However, as pointed out in recent work e. If you discover that your teenager has been watching porn, or sharing sexual images, it is important to stay calm. Thus much of this recent research focuses on measuring the individual's expectations of outcomes from different behaviors and then measuring the association of these expectations with actual actions the individual takes.