Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan 20, 2005 / 22:00 pm
A landmark study reveals that the majority of U.S. teens are not sexually active and that they are making this decision, based on their values, faith, parents and concern for their health and future. The study also highlights the important role of parents in their teen’s decision-making on this issue.
The results of the study, which was commissioned by NBC News and People Magazine, were released yeterday. It surveyed young teens about their intimate sexual attitudes and practices.
According to the report, the vast majority (87 percent) of teens, aged 13 to 16, have not had sexual intercourse. Most (73 percent) have not been sexually intimate at all. Seventy-four percent say they have not had sex because they made a conscious decision not to.
The study is revealing about the role of religion as well. Four in 10 (42 percent) say they have not had sex because of religious or moral beliefs.