Are you worried teen sex will degrade school performance?


The teenage is exciting.  Teenagers are at a constant battle with new feelings and changes in their body. They start noticing their own sexuality and may want to express it. Forms of sexual expression can range from holding hands, to hugging and touching, to kissing, to having sexual intercourse or other forms of sex.  Parents who are worried that their children’s sex life may affect their grades in school, here is good news for you. The recent study found that teen in a committed relationship does no worse than peers who have abstained from sex.

According to Guttmacher Institute, almost half (46%) of all 15–19-year-olds have had sex at least once in the US. By age 15, only 13% of never-married teens have ever had sex. However, by the time they reach age 19, seven in 10 never-married teens have engaged in sexual intercourse.

About the study
Researchers from the University of California Davis and the University of Minnesota in the US looked at teenage experiences of studying and sex.  The data was ollected from more than 90,000 teenagers who partcipated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (ages 11 to 17) and the Adolescent Health Academic Achievement Study. Researchers followed some parameters like performance in the school, future aspirations, problems in the school, skipped classes, suspended from the class and dropped out cases.

Researchers at two U.S. universities have concluded that sexually active teenagers do not necessarily suffer academically. A teen in a committed relationship does no worse than peers who have abstained from sex. On the other hand, a teenager who has flings rather than relationships will likely see a drop in GPA.

The results of the findings...

showed that

  • Sexually active teenagers do not necessarily suffer academically.
  • Teen those who had sex in committed relationships performed just as well as those who stayed virgins.
  • Teen who had sex without a committed relationship were more likely to experience problems at school, be suspended or expelled, were less likely to expect to go to university and had lower grades than those in relationships.

The study was presented on Sunday at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta.

The study might show positive outcomes with the teenage sex and may encourage teenagers. But we should not overlook the growing prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among adolescents that has become a serious public health issue.  Teenagers have a limited understanding of this growing epidemic and of public health strategies that might bring it under control.  According to 2005 ASHA State of the Nation, half of all new HIV infections occur among adolescents. Besides this, more and more teenage pregnancy has been noticed in recent years.  In my view teenagers do not have much understanding as to what is right or wrong and they might not be ready mentally and physically to take responsibilities of a committed relationship.

Source: Associated press


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