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Contributing Factors to Sexual Health Among a Diverse Sample of Emerging Adult Women: Implications for Counseling
Kelly N. Graves and Amanda Ireland Ward
The current paper examines sexual health as it relates to types of intimate partner
violence, self-esteem, partner support of birth control, and pressure to have sex
and/or a baby among emerging adult young women ages 18–25. Differences
across racial/ethnic categories as well as between pregnant/parenting and nonpregnant/non-parenting categories are considered. Results highlight differing
sexual health experiences of pregnant/parenting and Hispanic/Latina young
women, specifically. Pregnant/parenting young women reported higher levels of
psychological aggression which has additional consequences. Hispanic/Latina
young women reported lower levels of partner support for birth control and
greater pressure from significant others to have a baby. Implications include a
need to particularly integrate skills to recognize and combat psychological
aggression into counseling prevention and intervention programming as well as
culturally-specific interventions, particularly for Hispanic/Latina young women.
Keywords: domestic violence, sexuality