, Volume 37, Issue 9, pp 1085-1096
Date: 26 Jun 2008

Sexual Debut Timing and Depressive Symptoms in Emerging Adulthood

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Abstract

The association between sexual debut timing and depressive symptomatology in adolescence and emerging adulthood was examined using data from Waves I, II and III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Respondents who reported never having sexual intercourse at Wave I and were 18–22 years of age at Wave III were included (n = 5,061). Twenty percent of respondents experienced early (