Media and sex among alternative school students

Soledad Liliana Escobar-Chaves, Susan R. Tortolero, Christine Markham, Elizabeth Baumler

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A school-based, cross-sectional survey was conducted among 927 Latino and African American students attending 10 alternative schools in Houston, Texas, to investigate mass media consumption and its influence on sexual risk-taking behavior. Among males, exposure to television increased their risk of engaging in early sexual intercourse. Females who reported a preference for watching television programs that showsex weremore likely to ever have sex than their counterparts, more likely to have more than one partner during the past three months, and more likely to use condoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-50
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 27 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Alternative schools
  • Media
  • Risk taking
  • Sexual behavior
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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