The uproar that followed a November episode of Fox's "Glee" in which two teen couples had sex for the first time may have some scientific legs. New research shows sex during the adolescent years could affect mood and brain development into adulthood. The study, which was carried out on hamsters, reveals how social experiences during adolescence when the brain is still developing can have broad consequences, say the researchers from Ohio State University College of Medicine. Specifically, the animals that mated earlier in life had higher levels of depressive behaviors, changes to the brain and smaller reproductive tissues compared to those that had intercourse later or not at all. Morris and his colleagues cautioned, however, that the study should not be used to promote teenage abstinence , as they noted the research was carried out on hamsters and it isn't certain the same conclusion will hold for humans. As such, more research is needed understand the effects of sex during puberty.
Adolescents’ emotions prior to sexual activity and associations with sexual risk factors
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Both positive and negative emotions were significantly related to risk attitudes and behavior in regression analyses. The affective contexts of sexual experiences may be important predictors of risk in adolescence. Rates of sexual risk behavior are high among teens, and lead to negative consequences such as HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy. Additionally, youth account for nearly half of the Much research has examined why teens — despite knowing the negative outcomes — continue to put themselves at risk. The Social Personal Framework for HIV-Risk Behavior 5 emphasizes the relationship between non-cognitive factors and individual and social factors as determinants of risk-taking.
Early Sex May Lead Teens To Delinquency, Study Shows
Teens who start having sex significantly earlier than their peers also show higher rates of delinquency in later years, new research shows. A national study of more than 7, youth found that adolescents who had sex early showed a 20 percent increase in delinquent acts one year later compared to those whose first sexual experience occurred at the average age for their school. In contrast, those teens who waited longer than average to have sex had delinquency rates 50 percent lower a year later compared to average teens.
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.