Janet Hyde, of the University of Wisconsin, who headed the research team. Hyde and her team studied teenagers between the ages of 13 and About 15 percent of them had early sex. One of the best predictors for early teen sex is television viewing, in part because television programs portray higher levels of sexuality for teens and adults than exists in reality, the researchers said. TV also often does not portray the negative consequences of sex, such as unexpected pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, she said. Girls who had been sexually active early had lower self-esteem, poor relationships with their parents, lived with either a single mother or step-parent, showed signs of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD , underachieved at school, and watched more television. Boys who had early sex were further into puberty, had lower self-esteem, showed signs of ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder ODD , had poor relationships with their parents and also watched more television than other boys. The researchers recommend that all of the risk factors for early teen sex be addressed and that parents participate in the process, as well as teachers and counselors.
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Gender marketing and its legacy
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 10 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Girls with low self-esteem are much more likely to have sexual intercourse at an early age, but the opposite is true for boys, a new study of teen sexual behaviour suggests. The report, released yesterday by Statistics Canada, found that self-worth -- whether teen respondents liked the way they were, felt they had a lot to be proud of and considered themselves competent -- played different roles in the likelihood that boys and girls had sex by age Twelve-year-old or year-old girls with low self-esteem were almost twice as likely as their peers to have had intercourse by 15, but preteen boys who had high self-worth had an increased chance of having sex by that age.
Almost from the very beginning, children are exploring their bodies. But before that idea makes you anxious, remember that at this point your child's curiosity is less about sex as you think of it and more about the general mysteries of body function. Readily available tools for these investigations are their eyes, ears, and hands.