About the Presentation
This study examines the impact of the presence of siblings on individuals’ sexual behaviors throughout adolescence and young adulthood. I find that the presence of siblings of all varieties – brothers and sisters that are older and younger – are associated with later timing to sexual initiation and lower accumulation of sexual partners throughout young adulthood; however, these influences extend only to girls and not boys (with a few exceptions). I also find that, for girls, the presence of older sisters reduces the likelihood of contraceptive use at sexual initiation. The findings imply that the presence of siblings provides a mix of potentially ‘protective’ and ‘non-protective’ influences on individual sexual behaviors that are gendered and long lasting.
About the Speaker
Lloyd Grieger is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University. His research and teaching interests include: social demography; poverty, affluence and inequality; sociology of the family; social welfare policy; the transition to adulthood; and quantitative methods. Currently, he is working on projects related to identifying racial differences in the timing of parental death as a driver of socioeconomic inequality in the U.S., the role of siblings in the transition to adulthood, long-term trends in affluence and poverty in the U.S., and changes in U.S. social program participation since the Great Recession.