These rates tend to be much higher in urban areas. Teens who have sex earlier in life are more likely to continue to be risky into young adulthood, including more sexual partners and less condom use. This, in turn, puts them at more risk of unwanted outcomes of sexual activity, including unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
You can help your child by modelling and reinforcing values and beliefs about safety, responsibility, honest communication and respect in relationships by treating your partner with respect and talking about how to stay safe. Most teenagers will experiment with sexual behaviour at some stage — this is a normal, natural and powerful urge in these years. But not all teenage relationships include sex.
Monitoring sexual activity and contraceptive use among U. Inthe U. But these rates are still higher than those in other developed countries 3 — 4.
Adolescent sexuality is a stage of human development in which adolescents experience and explore sexual feelings. Interest in sexuality intensifies during the onset of pubertyand sexuality is often a vital aspect of teenagers' lives. Sexual interest among adolescents, as among adults, can vary greatly, and is influenced by cultural norms and moressex educationas well as comprehensive sexuality education provided, sexual orientationand social controls such as age of consent laws.
Adolescent sexuality is often viewed from a negative perspective that focuses primarily on sexual behavior and its association with other high-risk behaviors. Youth are sometimes negatively viewed as sex-crazed, hormone-driven individuals who want the perceived independence of adulthood without the responsibility of adulthood. On the other hand, psychosexual development is a critical developmental process during adolescence.
Carolyn A. This study uses lifespan and ecological frameworks to investigate the factors associated with early adolescent sexual activity. Data from a longitudinal study of urban teenagers of color address three issues: 1 the prevalence and pattern of sexual activity among boys and girls ages 15 and younger, 2 the link between early sexual activity and high-risk sexual behavior, and 3 the life contexts linked with early sexual activity.
What places pre-teens and teens at greater risk for the negative consequences of sexual activity? Teenagers are more likely to have sex with multiple partners. This places them at greater risk for contracting STIs.
NCBI Bookshelf. The initiation of sexual intercourse is an important topic in the study and prediction of fertility. In their theoretical analysis of fertility and its determinants, Davis and Blake argued that socioeconomic and other factors affect fertility only through its proximate determinants, that is, through exposure to sexual intercourse, exposure to conception, given intercourse, and gestation and successful parturition, given conception.
Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. It should not be surprising that adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, who have the highest rates of fertility for their age in the world, face probably the highest risks of pregnancy-related mortality, of delivery complications, and of premature births or low-birthweight babies. Teenage pregnancy in Africa also has important social and economic outcomes, the most highly publicized of which stem from lost educational opportunities when pregnancy forces young women to leave school.