TITLE

NOT READY FOR SEX: An Endorsement for Adolescent Sexual Abstinence

AUTHOR(S)
Abbott, Douglas A.; White, Joseph M.; Felix, Daniel S.
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
International Journal of Sociology of the Family;Autumn2010, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p159
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The majority of teenagers have or will have engaged in sexual intercourse and/or oral sex prior to graduation from high school. Such behavior may result in adverse physical and psychological consequences. Yet, some experts in adolescent development are proposing that premarital sex by unmarried teenagers may not be detrimental to development. They posit that teen sex, if done safely and with a limited number of partners, may actually promote sexual health and responsibility. The authors evaluate this assumption based on empirical evidence related to mental and emotional capabilities of teenagers. Results of this analysis suggest that most teenagers lack the cognitive and emotional maturity to make wise choices regarding premarital sex. Given this conclusion, the authors describe the benefits of sexual abstinence for unmarried teenagers.
ACCESSION #
55792003

 

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