Date of Completion


Degree Type

Honors Thesis - Campus Access


Health & Human Sciences (HHSC)

First Advisor

Dr. Christopher Cappelli


Early age initiation of sexual intercourse remains common in lower-income Black communities. According to the CDC Black high school students were more than twice as likely to engage in sexual intercourse before the age of 13 than their White or Hispanic peers (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022). Thus, it is critical to investigate the social, personal, and economic factors that influence the initiation of sex at a young age. This research aims to examine the link between adultification and early sexual activity among African American males and its negative consequences, contributing to the larger discussion on racial disparities in sexual health outcomes. Further, this work will delve into other explanatory factors and provide a synopsis of the leading causes of early sexual behavior while touching on the psychological effects of early sexual behavior and how it was influenced by these external factors.