Trinity Kubassek photo Pexels. While Americans are becoming more lenient on a host of moral issues, teenagers today seem to be approaching sex and pregnancy differently than those who came before them. For Christians who discourage sexual relationships outside of marriage, these statistics provide interesting insight into the experiences of American teenagers. In , the birth rate among American women aged 15 to 19 was In recent years, however, the birth rate among that age group has followed a pattern of decline.
Teens and Sex: The Narrative Is Changing
Adolescent sexuality in the United States - Wikipedia
To the Editor:. Most teenagers do not have a way of fully understanding in advance the intensity of emotions they are likely to experience the first time they engage in a sexual relationship. Their capacity for managing emotions and making good judgments continues to develop into young adulthood. Clinically, I see far too many teenagers with symptoms of anxiety or depression, problems with substance abuse or self-injurious behavior because they were not yet mature enough for sex. The writer is an associate professor of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Rather, what it does do, too often, is preclude the use of contraceptives.
American Attitudes Toward Teenage Sex
According to a new study, young people are defying the expectations of adults yet again by failing to accelerate themselves towards adulthood with the characteristic speed of their teenage predecessors. In other words: on average, American teens today are not growing up as fast as previous generations. And the degree to which this news has been received with surprise and concern reveals an ugly side of American culture: a collective belief that the teen years should be a period of debauchery. Perhaps the most rebellious thing about me is that I never had an illegal alcoholic drink.
The sexuality of US adolescents includes both their feelings, behaviors and development, and the place adolescent sexuality has in American society, including the response of the government , educators, parents, and other interested groups. Teenage pregnancy is four times as prevalent in the US as in the European Union,  but has been steadily declining since , reaching a record low in , according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , and continuing to decline through More than half of the schools in the study followed a comprehensive approach that included information about both abstinence and contraception, while approximately one third of schools provided students with abstinence-only sex education.