Sexual debut among college students in China : Effects of family context

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1004–1023
Journal / PublicationJournal of Biosocial Science
Volume54
Issue number6
Online published3 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Abstract

This study examines family context and sexual debut among young people in China. Using data from the 2018 Panel Study of Chinese University Students (PSCUS), it explores how the family is correlated with sexual debut among young people in China aged 18-24 years. The Kaplan-Meier method was adopted to detect a survival function for different family factors and related demographic variables. Cox proportional hazard regression analysis was adopted to calculate hazard ratios for the timing of sexual debut. The average age of sexual debut among the college students was 18.39 years. The Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that sexual intercourse initiation was earlier for female students who had no siblings, and those who had a mother with senior high school (including technical school) education or higher family income, but this correlation was insignificant among male students. The multivariate hazard regression analysis revealed that living in a family with a higher level of fathers' education, having a lower level of family income and having siblings had positive correlations with later sexual debut among the college students. Moreover, family factors showed gender differences in their associations with the timing of sexual debut, typically parent's education level, family income and left-behind experience. This study provides a comprehensive perspective on the role of family influences in timing of sexual debut among youth in China. © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press

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  • Adolescent sexuality, China, Family context

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Sexual debut among college students in China: Effects of family context. / Shi, Yu; Liu, Ruoheng; Yu, Hongfei et al.
In: Journal of Biosocial Science, Vol. 54, No. 6, 11.2022, p. 1004–1023.

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