In comparison with other industrialized countries, the United States has exceptionally high rates of adolescent pregnancy and abortion. In , nearly half of high-school students reported having had sexual intercourse, and 6 percent said they had been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant CDC American adolescents are especially unlikely to use birth control, and those who do practice contraception tend to rely on inefficient methods Forrest Sexual behavior at first intercourse is of particular interest because early entry into sexual activity is associated with contraceptive nonuse and a heightened risk of pregnancy Abma and Sonenstein ; Koenig and Zelnik ; Zabin, Kantner, and Zelnik
Risky Parental Behavior and Adolescent Sexual Activity at First Coitus
Teenage risky behaviour: a guide | Raising Children Network
Youth who initiate sexual intercourse in early adolescence age 11—14 experience multiple risks, including concurrent adjustment problems and unsafe sexual practices, The current study tested two models describing the links between childhood precursors, early adolescent risk factors, and adolescent sexual activity: a cumulative model and a meditational model, A longitudinal sample of boys and girls from four geographical locations was utilized, with data collected from kindergarten through high school. Structural equation models revealed that, irrespective of gender or race, high rates of aggressive disruptive behaviors and attention problems at school entry increased risk for a constellation of problem behaviors in middle school school maladjustment, antisocial activity, and substance use which, in turn, promoted the early initiation of sexual activity. Implications are discussed for developmental models of early sexual activity and for prevention programming. The initiation of sexual activity is a major milestone for many adolescents on the road to adulthood.
National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth
Most parents want to know why this happened. Why did their teen sexually harm someone else? There is almost never a single reason why a teen engages in illegal sexual behavior. More often such behavior is the result of many factors.
Teenagers need to explore their own limits and abilities, as well as the boundaries you set. They also need to express themselves as individuals. This means teenagers are sometimes more likely than adults to make quick decisions without always thinking through the consequences.