Adolescent Initiation of Sexual Activity

In Sexual Timetables for Oral-Genital, Vaginal and Anal Intercourse: Sociodemographic Comparisons in a Nationally Representative Sample of Adolescents, published in The American Journal of Public Health, authors Carolyn Tucker Halpern and Abigail Haydon documented the relative timing and prevalence of three types of intercourse: oral-genital, vaginal, and anal, examining whether these timetables varied by sociodemographic factors.

The authors utilized data from National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health respondents to generate prevalence estimates for adolescents who reached age 18 years by 2001, examining sociodemographic correlates of sexual patterns.

Authors found that 1 in 5 adolescents did not engage in any of the aforementioned sexual behaviors by age 18 years, while over two thirds reported vaginal or oral-genital sexual activity.  Roughly half of respondents experienced both.  Only 10 percent of individuals reported having had an anal intercourse experience.  Authors concluded that most of the examined sociodemographic characteristics were uniquely associated with prevalence and sexual timing.

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