Study on healthy adolescent relationships: Temporal dynamics, normative scripts and the transition to sexual activity


Peter Bearman
Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology; President of the American Assembly


The Foundation's Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program was designed to produce major works from senior and new investigators that would add to the health policy field's knowledge base.This project directly considers three important public health concerns: adolescent pregnancy, adolescent STD acquisition and health adolescent relationships. The investigator will focus on the dynamics underlying relationship formation, the transition to first sex, the dynamics underlying the transition to sexual activity within relationships, and the consequences of those dynamics.