Similarities between teens may support contraceptive use

July 2001
Contemporary Sexuality;Jul2001, Vol. 35 Issue 7, p8
The article discusses the findings of a study on the use of contraceptives among teenagers who have sex with partners similar to them. According to The Alan Guttmacher Institute, teens who have sex with partners similar to them are more likely to use contraceptives. Factors that may work to improve communication between sexually active teenagers about approaches to sexual activity include age, race, ethnicity and attending the same schools. The study headed by Kathleen Ford at the University of Michigan found that 78 percent of sexually active adolescents report romantic relationships with someone of their own race or ethnicity, and 55 percent with a partner within two years of their age.


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