Leisure activities and adolescent sexual behaviour

van den Akker, Olga ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3529-4358 and Lees, S. (2001) Leisure activities and adolescent sexual behaviour. Sex Education, 1 (2) . pp. 137-147. ISSN 1468-1811 [Article] (doi:10.1080/14681810120052560)


The shortage of previous research acknowledging the relevance and possible influences of social environments on adolescent sexual behaviour was addressed in this study. The influence of leisure time activities on sexual behaviour was investigated in a questionnaire survey of 212 UK adolescents. The majority of respondents were white, and aged between 11 and 19. Significant differences in leisure activities were found between boys and girls; girls read more books and magazines, and watched more television than boys, who spent more time participating in sport, in amusement arcades and around the streets. Analyses disclosed a decreased likelihood of participating in sexual and other risky behaviours if leisure time is spent with the family or going to church, irrespective of age. Other leisure environments, such as visiting alcohol-serving pubs, were predictive of having sex, although risk-taking behaviour in general and age were the predominant predictors of having had sex. The data therefore provide some support for the ecological model attributing sexual and other risk-taking behaviours to particular adolescent social environments in the population studied here.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 3195
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009 06:55
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 11:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/3195

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