ERIC Number: ED477796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: N/A
14 and Younger: The Sexual Behavior of Young Adolescents. Summary.
Albert, Bill, Ed.; Brown, Sarah, Ed.; Flanigan, Christine M., Ed.
This summary presents data from seven papers based on six different data sets (three national and three local). Data were collected for different purposes, in different years and places, using different interview techniques. Overall, nearly one in five adolescents has had sex before his/her 15th birthday. In early adolescence, being sexually experienced does not necessarily mean that young adolescents are having sex regularly. Contraceptive use among young adolescents is relatively low, and one in seven sexually experienced 14-year-old girls has been pregnant. Many young adolescents report dating or being in romantic relationships, sometimes with older partners. Dating in general, and dating some older in particular, greatly increase the chances of having sex. Many young adolescents experience pressure to have sex. Sexually experienced young adolescents are also engaging in other risky behaviors. Data do not shed much light on the extent to which young adolescents are engaging in oral sex and other sexual behavior. Young adolescents do not seem to know a lot about sex. Parents and youths give mixed reports about family communication about sex and seem to have misperceptions about each others' attitudes and behaviors. Many young adolescents have ample opportunities to have sex, and many report willingness to have sex. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Contraception, Dating (Social), Disadvantaged Youth, Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Child Relationship, Predictor Variables, Sex Education, Sexuality, Student Attitudes, Urban Areas
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California