Moms' relationship crucial to teen daughter's sex decision

Teenage girls who have close relationships with their mothers wait longer to have sex for the first time.


According to a study conducted by the Center for Adolescent Health and Development, teenage girls who have close relationships with their mothers wait longer to have sex for the first time. These girls are also less likely to have sex when their moms strongly disapprove, which suggests that mothers matter more than they might sometimes believe. This study examined interviews with 2,006 teens ages 14-15 who said they were virgins. The same teens were interviewed a year later, and 10.8 percent of the boys and 15.8 percent of the girls had had sex by the second interview. Researchers also examined extensive interviews with their mothers (fathers were not interviewed) to try to determine what made the difference between those who became sexually active and those who stayed virgins. The researchers found that often teens do realize that their mothers disapprove of sex, and as a result they are less likely to have it. In addition, younger teens are more likely to realize that their mothers disapprove when they feel close to their moms. One researcher in this study noted that “parents and especially mothers should be aware of the role they play in influencing their adolescent daughters sexual behaviors. Parents need to be clear about their values and then clearly articulate them to their children and adolescents."1

1Mothers’ Influence on Teen Sex: Connections That Promote Postponing Sexual Intercourse, The Center for Adolescent Health and Development, 2002, pp. 1-24.


Printed with permission from the Concerned Parents Report.


Ads by Google
(What's this?)


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru

Liturgical Calendar

November 22, 2014

Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 20:27-40


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Rev 11: 4-12
Gospel:: Lk 20: 27-40

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Lk 19:45-48

Text only

Follow us: