An exploratory study of factors that contribute to decision making of African American adolescent females to engage in sexual behavior

Opal C. Thomas, Clark Atlanta University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore factors that contribute to decision making of African American adolescent females to engage in sexual behaviors. This study was conducted in Atlanta, Georgia, Fulton County at a metropolitan high school. An exploratory research design was utilized. A self-administered 78-item sexual decision making questionnaire was administered to the population of 30 African American adolescents who were currently pregnant and those who had previously delivered.

A Chi-square analysis was employed to analyze the significant relationship of the hypotheses. It was concluded that there were significant statistical relationships between sexual decision making and age, onset of menses, partners' reaction, and ability/desire to be a parent.