While abstinence is the optimal way to avoid problems such as pregnancy, STDs, and the emotional issues that come with having sex. Is it because everyone else is doing it? Sex is a loaded topic for teens. Teens are also less likely to drive, engage in underage drinking, or have an after school job. Publications Sep 27,
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Deciding when to have sex is a highly personal choice. While talking to teens about sex may feel uncomfortable, parents do have an influence on their children's decisions. The efficacy of abstinence-only programs is hotly debated. Twenge of San Diego State University and Heejung Park of Bryn Mawr College studied students between 9th and 12th grade over the course of 40 years — from to — and were surprised to find that teens are having less sex, dating less, and drinking alcohol less than they used to. The rates of 12th graders, for example, dropped from 68 percent to 62 percent. If you or your girlfriend gets pregnant, are you ready to deal with the consequences?