Relations Between Social Skills and High-Risk Sexual Interactions among Adolescents: Current Issues and Future Directions

Douglas W. Nangle, David J. Hansen

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Abstract

Researchers have begun to employ social-skills training in efforts to change the sexual behavior of adolescents. However, despite the promise of social-skills training, little is known about how social skills are related to the sexual practices of adolescents. The present article reviews the current literature and proposes a conceptual framework for understanding the relations between social skills and sexual behavior of adolescents by (a) examining the relationship between sexual activity and social skills, (b) examining the development of sexual-interaction skills and deficits, (c) summarizing what is currently known about the relations between social skills and sexual behavior, (d) discussing current issues in the assessment and treatment of sexual-interaction skills deficits, and (e) proposing some directions for needed research that will add both to our current knowledge base and to the effectiveness of applied intervention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-135
Number of pages23
JournalBehavior Modification
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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