Teen Sexual Activity

Factors Influencing Youth Sexual Activity
Policymakers and practitioners are interested in identifying strategies and approaches to empower youth to make informed decisions that promote optimal health. Such decisions include the avoidance and cessation of sexual risk. Identifying the factors that influence youth’s decisions to avoid or cease sexual activity can support policymakers, practitioners, developers, and public health officials as they develop and implement programming to improve risk-related outcomes (2021).

What Adolescents Think of Relationship Portrayals on Social Media
Understanding the factors influencing adolescents’ relationship views is important because early romantic relationships often act as precursors for relationships in adulthood. This study sought to examine the types of relationship-focused content adolescents witness on social media and how they perceive its effect on their romantic relationship beliefs. (2020)

Teen Girls’ Reproductive Attitude and the Timing of Sexual Behaviors
When making decisions about sexual behaviors, teen girls consider not only health outcomes, such as pregnancy or contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but also social outcomes, such as guilt or embarrassment. This study shows that fear of social consequences rather than fear of pregnancy or STIs is a larger predictor of the timing of teen girls’ sexual activity. (2019)

The Sudden, Incredible Decline in Teen Births Since 2009
Teen births hit a new low in 2015 — and have fallen by nearly half over the past seven years. New federal data shows there were 22.3 births for every 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19. That’s a 47 percent decline from the teen birthrate in 2009 — and a 64 percent decline from the teen birthrate in 1991. (2016)

Study Dashes Millenials’ Reputation as Hookup Generation
A new study contradicts the common perception that young American adults — so-called Millennials — are having more casual sex than previous generations. Researchers found 15 percent of young adults aged 20 to 24 born in the early 1990s (Millennials) had no sexual partners since age 18, compared with six percent of Americans born in the late 1960s. (2016)

Higher Parental Monitoring Linked to Safer Sex in Teens
This meta-analysis explores the effects of parental monitoring on teen sexual behavior. Overall, higher parental monitoring of teen behavior, rule enforcement, and knowledge of behaviors, locations, and companions (monitoring knowledge) were associated with delayed sexual intercourse in teens. (2016)