Sexuality In Sex And Adolescents

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Sex and Adolescents
It is apparent that sexual intercourse and sexual behavior has become increasing popular among adolescents and teenagers. Adolescents are beginning to partake in risky sexual behavior at early ages. Teenagers are becoming more and more open to the idea of sexual intercourse and sexual behavior. Perhaps the influence of some outside force could change how early adolescents take an interest in sex. The ultimate question is how sexual behavior between adolescents is related to parental involvement and how sexual behavior between adolescents related to any type of peer involvement. One can argue parental influence can change the perception of an adolescent before he or she becomes corrupted. But is this parental involvement
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Best friends have a different effect on adolescents and the decisions adolescents make than the regular peer involvement. Adolescents are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior, for peer-pressure is no longer an issue. Instead, best-friends have a more beneficial role than a normal peer would. “Close friendship networks enforce conformity, thereby reducing the chances of risk-taking” (Majumdar). Adolescents share a much more concrete bond with their best-friends, which makes it easier for the adolescent to make smarted …show more content…
Data was collected from adolescents in seventh grade through adolescents in twelfth grade. A 90-minute over the computer interview delivered a broad group of questions, including questions involving risky behavior which included sexual activity, and relationships the adolescents had. A sub-sample of 7,508 sexually experienced adolescents was also completed. These test were completed in order to see the true relationship between peers, friends, adolescents, and risky behaviors in adolescents. From table 1, dependent variables included adolescents who has sex before 14 and no method. Independent variables included parental involvement and best friend interaction. Covariates included mean age, mean parental income, and mean religion. Other factors such as substance abuse by friends, family structure, romantic relationships, and race or ethnicity were also used in the test. Some surprising facts were found within the data. A whopping 33 percent of adolescents did not use a form of birth control during intercourse and 35 percent of the adolescents engaged in sexual intercourse before the age of 14! To my dismay, the mean age was 17 years old. That is such an early age for adolescents to begin engaging in a life changing activity. It was obvious these were the individuals who did not engage in much parental

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