Dating and sexual attitudes in Asian-American adolescents

May Lau, Christine Markham, Hua Lin, Glenn Flores, Mariam R. Chacko

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Dating behaviors and sexual attitudes of Asian-American youth were examined in a cross-sectional, mixed-methods study in the context of adherence to Asian values, measured by the Asian Values Scale (AVS). In all, 31 Asian-American adolescents (age 14-18 years old) from a Houston community center were interviewed regarding dating behaviors and sexual attitudes. Almost three-fourth of adolescents dated without parental knowledge. Compared with adolescents with the lowestAVS scores, those with the highestAVS scores were significantly more likely to date without parental knowledge and date longer before sex. Many adolescents proceeded directly to single, steady, relationships. Parents permitted dating, as long as grades were maintained. Asian-American adolescents should be questioned about secret dating, sexual activity, and participation in other high-risk activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-113
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Acculturation
  • Adolescent
  • Asian-Americans
  • Dating
  • Sexual attitudes
  • Sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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