Problems associated with dating older women
However, our current understanding of the role of age gaps in romantic relationships is limited, and it is based mainly on studies of couples who are already sexually active.
We address this limitation by investigating how the age difference between partners is related to whether a romantic relationship includes sexual intercourse.
APA publicly addresses the topics of older adults with HIV as an overlooked population, and the role of psychology in aging.
Further, the Council of Representatives adopted a resolution after the White House Conference on Aging, which addresses retirement security, long-term services, healthy aging and financial exploitation.
"* Older females were more likely to report a romantic relationship: For example, 80% of females who were 17 or older reported a romantic partner, compared with 65% of those aged 15-16 and 45% of those aged 14 or younger.
For these and other reasons, many studies of the effect of age difference on sexual behavior have focused on the experiences of adolescent and young adult women.
For example, Darroch and colleagues examined data from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) and found that the pregnancy rate for females whose sexual partners were older by six or more years was 3.7 times the rate for females whose partners were within two years of their age.
Using data from the same survey, Glei found that females aged 15-17 whose partner was three or more years older were 33% less likely than those with partners closer in age to use contraceptives; in contrast, among females 18 and older, having an older partner had little effect on contraceptive use.
METHODS: Data from 1,975 female participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were analyzed using logistic regression to determine whether the age difference between an adolescent female and her romantic partner is a risk factor for sexual intercourse.
RESULTS: Adolescent females involved with an older partner have higher odds of having intercourse with that partner than females with partners their own age, after adjustment for demographic covariates.
Having an older partner is associated with early sexual debut.