ERIC Number: ED374380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Sex and America's Teenagers.
Alan Guttmacher Inst., New York, NY.
Although sexual activity is common among teenagers, it is not as widespread, and does not begin as early, as most adults believe. This report provides detailed data and analysis of sex among adolescents. Adolescent sexual activity is grouped in ten categories: (1) Rites of passage; (2) The context of adolescents' lives; (3) Sex among teenagers; (4) Risks and prevention of unintended pregnancy and STDs; (5) Incidence and consequences of STDs; (6) Adolescent pregnancy; (7) Outcomes of adolescent pregnancies; (8) Adolescent mothers and their children; (9) Organized responses to adolescent sexual and reproductive behavior; and (10) Where do we go from here? Although young people's sexual behavior today is broadly seen as problematic, no consensus exists as to what the problem is. Most adolescents have always experienced sex, but in the past it was closely linked to marriage, especially for young women. However, over the last century, puberty has slowly moved to earlier ages, as has the initiation of sexual activity, while marriage has been postponed to later years. Adolescents live in a more diverse country than the one their parents knew -- society, family, violence, and sexual messages differ dramatically from the standards of the previous generation. Included in this booklet are numerous graphs. Citations appear for all data. (Contains over 200 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Alan Guttmacher Inst., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Sexual Experiences Survey