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Special Issue "Teenage Reproductive Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jennifer M. Grossman

Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02481, USA
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Phone: 781-283-2521
Interests: adolescent development; sexual risk and prevention; family sexuality communication; teen-family relationships; evaluation of preventive programs; qualitative and mixed-methods approaches

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Risky sexual behaviors leave teens vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy, which impact sexual and reproductive health worldwide. Many teen parents drop out of school, incurring educational and economic setbacks for themselves and their children. Individual and systemic supports, such as school and community-based programs, healthcare services, and family and peer-based interventions can mitigate the potential for risky sexual behavior. Studies that address teens’ contexts, such as race and culture, gender, sexual orientation and family backgrounds can be used to develop and inform interventions that are sustainable, relevant, and context-specific. This Special Issue will focus on the genesis and implications of teens’ sexual risk behaviors and delineate contextually-relevant supports for teens’ reproductive health.

This Special Issue is open to any subject related to barriers to and supports for teenage reproductive health. The listed keywords suggest a few of the many possibilities.

Dr. Jennifer M. Grossman
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Teen pregnancy
  • Teen parenting
  • Social contexts of teen health and relationships
  • Family and peer supports for teen sexual health
  • STIs
  • Social media and teen sexual health
  • Prevention and intervention programs
  • Educational impacts of teen pregnancy
  • Economic impacts of teen pregnancy/STIs

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Open AccessArticle Socio-Demographic, Health and Lifestyle Factors Influencing Age of Sexual Initiation among Adolescents
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1851; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15091851
Received: 11 July 2018 / Revised: 21 August 2018 / Accepted: 23 August 2018 / Published: 27 August 2018
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Behavioural and developmental factors mean that adolescents who initiate sexual intercourse early may be at an increased risk of adverse sexual health outcomes at the time of first sex and later in life. In an Irish context, there is insufficient knowledge about the
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Behavioural and developmental factors mean that adolescents who initiate sexual intercourse early may be at an increased risk of adverse sexual health outcomes at the time of first sex and later in life. In an Irish context, there is insufficient knowledge about the specific correlates of early sexual initiation. This research explores relationships between contextual socio-demographic, health and lifestyle factors and the timing of first sexual intercourse among 15–17-year-olds in Ireland. Multiple regression analysis was carried out in conjunction with Multiple Imputation using data collected through the 2014 Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Ireland study on a sample of 879 sexually active adolescents. The socio-demographic and lifestyle factors measured were a stronger predictor of age of sexual initiation among girls than boys. Risk behaviour initiation was significantly related to age of sexual initiation for adolescents, while alcohol use/drunkenness and unhealthy food consumption was significant among girls only. Family support and number of male friends were significant predictors for boys only. The study highlights the need for holistic approaches to sexual health promotion and provides a foundation for the development of alternative strategies and policies aimed at reducing negative health, well-being, educational and economic outcomes. Full article
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