Mckay, Alexander
June 2000
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer2000, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p121
Academic Journal
This installment of "Sex Research Update" summarizes recent research on postponing sexual intercourse among junior high school students; the relationship context of contraceptive use at first intercourse; the impact of HIV-positive speakers on adolescent school students; Ecstasy use among gay men; effect of body image and self-image on sexual behaviours among readers of a women's fitness magazine. There is growing evidence that the most behaviourally effective approaches to school-based sexual health education for youth combine a dual focus that addresses the information, attitudes, and skills to delay first intercourse, particularly among younger teens, and contraceptive/safer sex information, attitudes, and skills, particularly among older teens. A number of U.S. studies have measured rates of adolescent contraceptive use at first intercourse. However, relatively little is known about the many possible contextual factors that may influence whether contraceptives are used at first intercourse. The average age at first intercourse for the young women in this study was 15 years. However, the average age of the male sexual partners at first intercourse was almost 18 Years.


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