Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 619–636

Adolescent Sexual Timetables

  • Doreen A. Rosenthal
  • Anthony M. A. Smith


Young people's age expectations for the Initiation by boys and girls of a range of sexual practices were elicited from a sample of 522 15- and 16-year-olds. As expected, there was a progression in the modal ages nominated from the least intimate (kissing) to more intimate behaviors (sexual intercourse). There were few gender differences, either for age expectations of the practices of boys and girls or between male and female respondents. There was a strong relationship between sexual timetables and timetables for autonomy and use of common drugs such as alcohol, and several “marker” sexual behaviors were identified that may signify the appropriateness of a range of sexual practices, It is suggested that there is a group of young people whose desire for early autonomy, substance use, and belief in early sexual activity may put them at risk.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Doreen A. Rosenthal
    • 1
  • Anthony M. A. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Sexually Transmissible DiseasesLa Trobe UniversityAustralia

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