The impact of age related differences on sexual behaviors is of great concern because younger female adolescents are more susceptible to STD acquisition due to biological factors (e.g., cervical ectopy, maturing immune system) (Berman & Hein, 1999).
Results Younger adolescents (14–17 years) had significantly higher rates of STDs than older adolescents (18–20 years), but older adolescents had significantly higher levels of STD-associated risk behavior.Thus, it is important to examine age differences in sexual behaviors, partner sexual communication skills, STD/HIV knowledge, psychosocial factors, and STD acquisition within adolescent samples encompassing a large age range in order to: (a) more accurately discern what content should be included in STD/HIV prevention programs for both younger and older adolescents, and (b) identify content/messages that are in need of greater emphasis within STD/HIV prevention programs for younger and older adolescents.The purpose of the present study was to explore age differences (i.e., younger vs.Late adolescence is the time of life from 18 to 20 years when teens are more self-reliant, show a greater ability to delay gratification, greater self-regulation, increased emotional stability, more interest in long-term intimate relationships, and are more capable of expressing feelings in words (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2011).For the purposes of this study, we grouped participants into two age groups based upon these developmental substages of adolescence.All videos are hosted by 3rd party websites and we have no control over their contents.
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At a time of life when adolescent females are just beginning their sexual decision-making, they are at greatest risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STD), including HIV [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2003; Gaydos et al., 1998; Ho, Bierman, Beardsley, Chang, & Burk, 1998; Fleming et al., 1997].
Recently, the CDC reported that one in four girls in the United States, ages 14–19 years, has an STD; and nearly half (48%) of the African-American girls had at least one of the most common STDs [e.g., Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and human papillomavirus (HPV)] (Forhan et al., 2008).
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Although differing age ranges have been proposed for these substages, middle adolescence often spans from ages 14 through 17 years and is a time when most teens show increased independence from parents, decreased time spent with family and more time with peers, a greater ability to sense right or wrong, a growing sense of identity and personality, along with increased interest in developing intimate relationships.