Article And An Academic Research Article On The Effect Of Teenage Sex

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Major Writing Assignment Three:
The Comparison Between a Press Article and an Academic Research Article on the Effects of
Teenage Sex
The original claim from the popular press article “Teenage sex ‘leads to bad moods’ later in life” By Ted Thornhill was that having sexual intercourse during teenage years will lead to the negative effects on the person as they age, such as the change of size of reproductive organs and a negative effect on brain development. During the first evaluation of this popular press article, I was skeptical and did not believe that it was a credibility article after analyzing the amount of evidence provided and where the article was posted. After carefully rereading the article by Thornhill and the research article that he based his article on by John Morris, Zachary Weil, and Randy Nelson, my assessment of the credibility has not changed as I still believe it is not credible.
I noticed a few discrepancies between the article by Thornhill and the research article by Morris, Weil and Nelson that made me question how accurately he was using the information presented to him in the article. The first discrepancy is the age equivalent of the hamsters used. Morris, Weil and Nelson (2013) explained that 40 day old hamsters are the equivalent to approximately 13 year olds and 80 day old hamsters are the equivalent to approximately 16 year olds. Thornhill, however, used a different hamster to age ratio. He included that 40 day old hamsters were equivalent…

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