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Author: Whitworth, Tanya Rouleau
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1. Whitworth, Tanya Rouleau
Paik, Anthony
Sex and Education: Does Sexual Debut During Adolescence Lead to Poor Grades?
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health published online (20 May 2019): DOI: 10.1363/psrh.12101.
Also: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1363/psrh.12101
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Alan Guttmacher Institute
Keyword(s): Age at First Intercourse; Ethnic Differences; Gender Differences; Grade Point Average (GPA)/Grades; Racial Differences

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METHODS: Data collected over four years from a specific cohort (1,321 eighth‐ and ninth‐graders) of a nationally representative longitudinal study, the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, were examined using fixed‐effects regression models to assess the relationship between first sexual intercourse and grade point average (GPA).

RESULTS: Overall, no relationship was found between students' first sexual intercourse and GPA. For black females and Latinos of either gender, having had first sexual intercourse was associated with a lower GPA (coefficients, -216 and -161, respectively, corresponding to grade point decreases multiplied by 100). For black females, this association was observed only in the context of romantic relationships (-243). The predicted GPAs for black females aged 14 or 15 who reported first intercourse in a romantic relationship were significantly lower than those for their counterparts who had not had intercourse, whereas at 18 this was reversed. For Latinos, the predicted GPAs of 14‐ and 15‐year‐olds who had had sex were also lower than those of their sexually inexperienced counterparts.

Bibliography Citation
Whitworth, Tanya Rouleau and Anthony Paik. "Sex and Education: Does Sexual Debut During Adolescence Lead to Poor Grades?" Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health published online (20 May 2019): DOI: 10.1363/psrh.12101.
2. Whitworth, Tanya Rouleau
Paik, Anthony
Sex and Education: Does the Onset of Sex during Adolescence Lead to Bad Grades?
Presented: Montreal, QC, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2017
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: American Sociological Association
Keyword(s): Adolescent Sexual Activity; Age at First Intercourse; Grade Point Average (GPA)/Grades

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

Many U.S. teenagers experience their first sexual intercourse during their high-school years, which has led to growing interest in whether there are negative spillovers of sexual behavior on academic performance. Using the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, this research employed longitudinal individual fixed-effects regression models to estimate the effect of first sexual intercourse on grades among a nationally representative cohort of eight and ninth graders over four waves of data collection. The results indicate that, on average, there are no negative spillovers of first sexual intercourse on grade point averages of male or female students. Separate analyses by race/ethnicity showed that for African American girls and Latinx boys and girls, there is an association between first sexual intercourse and lower grades among younger students, but not for older students. These results highlight an age-specific, gendered, and racialized pattern of negative spillover of first sexual intercourse on academic performance that has not been found in the existing literature.
Bibliography Citation
Whitworth, Tanya Rouleau and Anthony Paik. "Sex and Education: Does the Onset of Sex during Adolescence Lead to Bad Grades?" Presented: Montreal, QC, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2017.