Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use among Children Entering Out-of-Home Care

Christina Risley-Curtiss

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This study explored the prevalence of reported sexual activity of a cohort of children entering out-of-home care and the ability of selected of factors to explain reported sexual activity and use or nonuse of contraceptives. It found that children as young as age 8 reported sexual activity, and that more than one-third of the children age 8 to 18 reported being sexually active. Of those who were sexually active, more than one-third were not using contraceptives. Using logistic regression, five variables are identified as having importance in explaining sexual activity. Two variables had some limited ability to explain contraceptive use. Implications of these findings are discussed and suggestions for policy and practice are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-499
Number of pages25
JournalChild welfare
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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