Study: Teen Girls Leading Sexual Revolution
Average Age Of Sex For Girls Is 15
SAN DIEGO -- A study that began in 1943 and ended in 1999 shows that teenage girls are having sex at a younger age than ever before and are taking the lead in dismantling sexual taboos.
According to the study, the percentage of young girls who participate in premarital sex jumped from 12 to 79 percent, while the percentage of young men who participate in premarital sex jumped from 42 to 71 percent.
The average age teenage girls had sexual intercourse in 1999 was 15, according to the study. The average age during the 1950s and 1960s was 19. Overall, the percentage of sexually-actively teenage girls in 1999 was 50 percent, compared to 13 percent in 1943.
Study co-researcher Jean Twenge said birth control and cultural acceptance are the main reasons for the changes. She does not feel the prevalence of sex on television has contributed as much to the phenomenon as people think.http://www.nbcsandiego.com/health/5058432/detail.html