The decision to engage in sexual activity is one of the most important decisions a youth will make. Unlike other voluntary activities, sexual activity has powerful effects upon each participant’s mind, emotions and physical body. This decision can have life-long consequences ─ positive and negative.
With the onset of puberty comes a natural interest in and attraction for sexual activity. Procreation and the propagation of human kind are rooted in this normal and natural drive. The adolescent is confronted with the potentially life-changing decision of whether and when to indulge or resist this drive. This decision will be influenced by many factors in the child’s life, such as peer pressure, the entertainment media, societal standards, parental modeling, socioeconomic environment, and sex education at school and in the home. The typical teen will ask, “Should I engage in sex recreationally to satisfy this drive, or is there any reason to save this pleasure for a greater purpose later in life.” The answer to this question has individual and even societal consequences.
The following are topics related to when and whether to engage in sexual activity:
- Incidence and Consequences of Sexual Activity
- Benefits of Delaying Initiation of Sexual Activity
- Effects of Cohabitation upon the Individuals and Couple
- Sex Education in Schools
- Suggestions for Parents and Teens
- Strategies for Parents of Teens
- Strategies for Teens
- A brief video “Lovers” an initiative of youth to spread a different message about love by delaying sexual debut
- Benefits of Delaying Sexual Debut – a book with a comprehensive overview of the scientific benefits of delaying sexual debut for young people
Commentary and News
- Youth Risk Behavioral Survey for 2015 reveals more teens are delaying sexual activity.
- On Teen Sex Practical Goes Awry
- Commentary: Mean Age of First Sex. Do they know what we mean?
- Promoting the Myth of “Safe Sex” Letter to Editor, Pediatrics, September 2014