Title

Resisting pressure from peers to engage in sexual behavior: What communication strategies do early adolescent Latino Girls use?

ISBN or ISSN

0272-4316

Publication Date / Copyright Date

August 2014

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI Number

10.1177/022431614544962

Abstract

A content analysis of early adolescent (X = 12.02 years) Latino girls’ (n = 44) responses to open-ended questions embedded in an electronic survey was conducted to explore strategies girls may use to resist peer pressure with respect to sexual behavior. Analysis yielded 341 codable response units, 74% of which were consistent with the REAL typology (i.e., refuse, explain, avoid, leave) previously identified in adolescent substance use research. However, strategies reflecting a lack of resistance (11%) and inconsistency with communication competence (e.g., aggression) were also noted (15%). Frequency of particular strategies varied depending on the situation described in the open-ended question, suggesting a variety of strategies may be needed to resist the peer pressure that puts early adolescent girls at risk of engaging in sexual behavior. Study findings extend the typology of resistance strategies identified in adolescent substance initiation and use research to the context of early adolescent sexual behavior.

Disciplines

Nursing

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