“Older Adolescents’ Positive Attitudes toward Younger Adolescents as Sexual Partners”

Posted on April 16, 2017, in Child Pornography, Psychological, Research, Teens

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Title: Older Adolescents’ Positive Attitudes toward Younger Adolescents as Sexual Partners
Publication: Adolescence
Author: Henga, Kritinn, Svein Mossige, and Lars Wichstrom
Date: 02/01/2004

Abstract

The prevalence of older adolescents’ positive attitudes toward younger sexual partners was investigated through three measures of self-reported hypothetical likelihood of having sex with preadolescents and younger adolescents (LSA), using a school-based cluster sample of 710 Norwegian 18- to 19-year-olds attending nonvocational high schools in Oslo. Some likelihood of having sex with a preadolescent (less than 12 years of age) was reported by 5.9% of the males. The 19.1% of the males who indicated some likelihood of having sex with a 13- to 14-year old, compared to those who did not, reported more high-frequency drinking, more alcohol-related problems, earlier sexual initiation, more conduct problems, and poorer psychosocial adjustment. This subgroup also reported more high-frequency use of pornography, having more friends with an interest in child pornography and violent pornography, and greater use of coercion to obtain sexual favors.
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