Sex, Teenagers and Television

September 1987
Society;Sep/Oct87, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p3
Academic Journal
This article highlights the findings of a nationwide poll in the U.S. which showed that watching television encourages teenagers to be sexually active. The poll also revealed that 72 percent of U.S. citizens would not be offended by contraceptive advertising on TV and 82 percent believe that contraceptive advertising on television would encourage more teens to use contraceptives. Furthermore, another poll was conducted to gather the perception of 12- to 17-year-olds on sex, pregnancy and birth control. Findings reveal that one-third have never discussed sex with the parents, while 59 percent have had some sex education in school, but only 35 percent had comprehensive sex education courses. Lastly, more than half are sexually active by age 17, with only a third of them use contraceptives.


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