Patterns of adolescent sexual initiation: A cross-national comparison

Laura Prendergast

This study used matched samples from schools in Victoria, Australia and Washington, USA to undertake a cross national comparison of sexual behaviours in early adolescence. It is hypothesised that the contrasting policy contexts of harm minimisation in Australia and abstinence in the United States will result in significant state differences for markers of sexual risk. 

 

The 2013 Australasian HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health Conference, 
Recorded on 21-25 October 2013 in Darwin, Australia.
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Laura Prendergast

Laura Prendergast is currently completing her professional doctorate in Health Psychology at Deakin University. As part of her training, Ms Prendergast has worked in the areas of sexual health promotion, assisted reproduction and chronic pain. Her research interests include adolescent sexuality, reproductive health, and intellectual disability.

Co-authors: R. Leung1, 2, J.W. Toumbourou1, 2, A.Taft3, B. McMorris4, R.F. Catalano4. 1- Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 2- Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 3- Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 4- Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
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