A survival analysis of virginity among youths aged 13 to 18 Years. Although mothers and daughters completed the surveys simultaneously but separately, the daughters may have underreported sexual behaviors. Discussion The purpose of this study was to understand the relationship between maternal depressive symptoms and adolescent engagement in sexual intercourse among inner-city mother-daughter dyads from minority families. For presentation simplicity, the continuous variable was divided into quartiles to create an ordered categorical variable with four levels results between continuous and categorical did not vary. Recruitment was accomplished through flyers and provider referrals.
While more work exploring how maternal depression may influence adolescents' propensity for sexual activity are needed, the findings address the need for clinicians to have an increased awareness of the potential relationship between maternal depressive symptoms and adolescent engagement in sexual intercourse.