Rethinking That First Time

Hollander, Dore
November 1997
Family Planning Perspectives;Nov/Dec97, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p246
Academic Journal
The article reports on the finding that sexually experienced teenage women in the United States think that they initiated sexual activity at too young an age according to the study "Heterosexual Romantic Relationships and Sexual Behaviors of Young Adolescent Girls." In retrospect, many sexually experienced teenage women think that they initiated sexual activity at too young an age, according to findings for a sample of 174 urban 12-15-year-olds. In all, 71 of these young women had had sex, and 60 thought that they had done so too early. Of those who believed they should have waited, half said either that they had not appreciated the possible consequences of sexual activity or that they had not exercised good judgment. On average, the sexually active teenagers had been 13 years old at first intercourse.


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