Adolescent Sexuality and Positive Well-Being: A Group-Norms Approach

@article{Vrangalova2011AdolescentSA,
  title={Adolescent Sexuality and Positive Well-Being: A Group-Norms Approach},
  author={Zhana Vrangalova and Ritch C. Savin-Williams},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
  year={2011},
  volume={40},
  pages={931-944}
}
The link between adolescent sexual activity and psychological well-being is a controversial issue in developmental psychology. This cross-sectional study investigated the association between three aspects of teenage sexuality (genital sexual experience, age of sexual onset, and number of sex partners) and positive well-being (hedonic, eudaimonic, and overall) in a sample of 475 high school seniors (48% female; 89% White) from a single school district in a rural upstate New York community. Based… 

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