Theoretical framework: A bioecodevelopmental framework will guide the study, which centers on the effects of early childhood adversity (e.g. PI) on health outcomes across the life course.
Method: Secondary data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health will be analyzed. Dependent variables include sexual risk outcomes: multiple sexual partners and STIs in the prior year. Independent variables include biological father and mother incarceration occurring in child’s lifetime, frequency of PI, and timing of PI with respect to the child’s age (0-18 years, or >18 years v. never). Consistent with prior PI research, analyses will be stratified by gender of parent and child as associations may differ.
Results: Research is underway.
Conclusions: This study builds upon prior research by the authors on the lasting effects of PI exposure during adolescence on adult health outcomes. Consistent with emerging nursing science elucidating the importance of early childhood events on health across the life course, the knowledge gained from this study will enhance our understanding of the longitudinal impact of PI on sexual risk outcomes among adults and illuminate pathways for STI prevention.
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