- Teenage Sexual Activity
- 42% of teens agreed with the following statement: "It doesn't matter whether you use birth control or not, when it is your time to get pregnant, it will happen."
- 44% of teens say they had not had sex before. Of sexually-experienced teens, 53% of boys and 67% of girls say they wish they had waited longer to have sex.
- 38% of teens and 41% of adults cite parents as the people who most influence teen decisions about sex.
- 4% of teens and 3% of adults cite teachers/educators as most influential.
- 6% of teens and 1% of adults cite religious leaders as most influential.
- 87% of teens and 90% of adults agree with the statement: "It would be much easier for teens to postpone sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents."
- Sex Education
- 49% of teens and 74% of adults believe that teens should be getting more information about both abstinence and contraception. (See SPL's stance on sex education here.)
- 65% of adults believe federally-funded teen pregnancy prevention programs should provide teens with information about both postponing sex and contraception.
- 75% of adults agree that policy makers who oppose abortion should support birth control. This finding was consistent across household income levels, educational levels, geographic region, and race/ethnicity. (See SPL's stance on birth control here.)
These findings seem to suggest strong support for comprehensive sex ed, and great potential for parents to help prevent teen pregnancy.
What do you think, dear Reader? How do you (or would you) approach the topic of sex with your child? How do you think educators should approach the topic? What do you believe is the most effective method of preventing teen pregnancy?