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Estimating the Longitudinal Association Between Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Exposure to Sexual Media Content



Purpose: To estimate the association between adolescent sexual behavior and exposure to sexual media content.

Methods: A three wave longitudinal survey sample (N = 506) of 14-16 year olds at baseline is analyzed using growth curves.

Results: Growth trajectories are linear for sexual behavior but not for exposure to sexual media content. The signs of the exposure slopes are not uniformly positive: Hispanic and African-American respondents show declines of exposure to sexual media content over the age range investigated here.

Conclusions: While changes in exposure to sex content are highly associated with changes in sexual behavior among Whites, there is little or no association between changes in these variables among Blacks.