Thursday, May 31, 2007

Study Suggests Teen Sex OK in "Committed" Relationships

Excerpted from CitizenLink.

New research, to be published Thursday in the American Journal of Sociology, suggests premarital sex doesn't harm the mental health of teens, except those 15 or younger, whose relationships tend to be less committed, USA Today reported today.

"For this study to state that teens 15 and younger tend to be less committed in sexual relationships demonstrates its incredible disconnect from reality," said Linda Klepacki, analyst for sexual health at Focus on the Family Action.

"Research shows us that young girls are much more likely to be pressured into sex by much older boys than older teen girls. The term 'statutory rape' is more apropos for 14-year-olds having sex than the term 'committed.'"

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 63 percent of sexually experienced 12- to 19-year-olds wish they had waited longer before having sexual intercourse.

"Is this statement not a direct result of an emotional response?" Klepacki asked.

Even more telling might be the number of adult, married women who wish they had waited until marriage before having sexual intercourse. Especially those who had children, abortions, or contracted STDs before meeting their husbands.

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