Jay's World of Abstracts 00032
14 and Younger:
The Sexual Behavior of Young Adolescents
the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
[Standard disclaimer: The nature of abstracts are that they
are pieces of something larger. Not everyone is going to be happy with
my choice of abstracts from any larger work, so if you are
dissatisfied, I would refer you to the original document, which should
be able to be found on the Internet. I encourage others to make their
own abstracts to satisfy their needs. I would be happy to publish them
In the discussion of teen pregnancy, we commonly only really
talk about teens who are 15 years old or older, probably because this
is the point at which statistics start being kept on fertility. Now,
there are a few studies, mentioned here, that looked a bit deeper and
got some data that addressed the sexual activities of pre-teens. I
didn't find anything particularly new here, but it certainly
strenthened my resolve to try to do something positive in this arena.
I produced this abstract using time paid for by the Quay
County Maternal Child and Community Health Council with funds from the
New Mexico Department of Health.
Results in a Page
- Sexual Experience
- Approximately one in five adolescents has had sexual
intercourse before his or her 15th birthday.
- Boys age 14 and younger are slightly more likely to
have had sex than girls the same age.
- Frequency of Sex
- A substantial proportion of teens age 14 and younger
who have had sex are not currently sexually active.
- According to one of the national surveys (NLSY),
approximately half of sexually experienced 14-year-olds have had sex
0-2 times in the past 12 months.
- Contraceptive Use
- Between half and three-quarters of youth age 12-14
report that they used contraception the first time they had sex.
- Slightly more than half of girls age 12-14 and about
two thirds of boys say they used some form of contraception the most
recent time they had sex.
- Approximately one in seven sexually experienced
14-year-old girls reports having been pregnant.
- A significant proportion of those age 12-14 report
having been on a date (two-fifths in the NLSY survey) or having a
romantic relationship in the past 18 months (half in Add Health).
- Significant minorities of youth age 14 and under report
a romantic relationship with someone three or more years older (girls
far more than boys).
- Relationships with a significantly older partner --
compared with those with someone only slightly older, the same age, or
younger -- are much more likely to be sexual.
- More than one in ten girls who first have had sex
before age 15 describe it as non-voluntary and many more describe it as
- Other Risky Behavior
- Sexually experienced youth age 14 and younger are much
more likely to smoke, use drugs and alcohol, and participate in
delinquent activities than youth who have not had sex.
- In general, parents report talking a moderate amount
with their children age 12-14 about sex and related issues, although
their children recall less communication than the parents claim.
- Parents are more likely to have spoken with their
daughters than with their sons about sex and related issues.
- Parents tend to be unaware of what their children are
actually doing sexually -- only about a third of parents of sexually
experienced 14-year-olds know that their child has had sex.
Proportion of Teens Who Have Had Sex at Age 14 and
Younger, 3 Nationally-Representative Data Sets
|Add Health ('94-'96)