This study was supported by the ESRC, Grant XA44250008.
Sexual Efficacy of Adolescents, Permissiveness, and the Transition Toward Nonvirginity: From Intention to Behavior1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 29, Issue 5, pages 903–917, May 1999
How to Cite
Taris, T. W. and Semin, G. R. (1999), Sexual Efficacy of Adolescents, Permissiveness, and the Transition Toward Nonvirginity: From Intention to Behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29: 903–917. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1999.tb00131.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
The current study examines teenage sexual behavior (in terms of having had sexual intercourse) as a function of sexual attitudes and sexual efficacy. At the heart of the study lies the assumption that sexual attitudes such as permissiveness are related to sexual behavior, but that this relation is stronger for sexually efficacious teenagers than for others. Using longitudinal data from 253 British adolescents, a structural equation model is tested and fit. The results provide partial support for the expectations, demonstrating the usefulness of sexual efficacy in predicting sexual behavior. Limitations and implications of the study are discussed.