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Abstract: Personal sexual agency involves an individual's ability to take
action in pursuit of a personal sexual goal. The exercise of such agency may be
particularly important for sexual health. Drawing on theories that frame adolescent sexual
behavior in the context of normative development, this study used Grade 11 data from the
4-H Study of Positive Youth Development to assess the relationship ... read morebetween goal pursuit
skills and the consistent use of protection during sexual activity among sexually active
American adolescents (N = 242). As predicted, results of logistic regression indicated that
higher levels of goal pursuit skills were significantly related to sexually active youth's
consistent use of protection during sexual activity, and notably so for female youth. These
findings have important implications for the design and implementation of public health and
education initiatives as well as for future study on normative sexuality development and
positive youth development.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Richard Lerner.
Committee: Tama Leventhal.
Keyword: Developmental psychology.read less