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ERIC Number: EJ882579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Romantic and Sexual Behavior in Young Adolescents: Repeated Surveys in a Population-Based Cohort
Waylen, Andrea E.; Ness, Andrew; McGovern, Phil; Wolke, Dieter; Low, Nicola
Journal of Early Adolescence, v30 n3 p432-443 2010
Adverse outcomes of teenage sexual activity are common in the United Kingdom. The authors used a computer-assisted interview to ask young adolescents aged 11 to 12 years (N = 6,856) and 12 to 13 years (N = 6,801) who were part of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children about romantic and intimate behaviors. A total of 24% of 11- to 12-year-olds, and 41% of 12- to 13-year-olds reported holding hands, and 17% and 32%, respectively, reported having been kissed on the mouth. A minority of 12- to 13-year-olds reported sexual behavior including intercourse. The majority of participants who reported intimate sexual behavior did not regret it. Boys reported all activities more than girls and were less likely to express regret. The findings suggest that the timing and content of sex education should take into account the frequency with which young people are experimenting with sexual behaviors. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom