Discussing Sex With Teens Leads To Safer Practices

July 30, 2019

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UPI reports that teenagers often benefit from talking to their parents about sex. An analysis of 31 different studies seems to indicate that parent-based sexual health interventions are effective. The analysis, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on July 29, indicates that teenagers adopt safer sexual practices when they're able to discuss the topic with parents. Not only that, but the discussions don't make them more likely to have sex early. "In other words, the kids who were taught about sexual health did not become sexually active any earlier than kids who were not part of the interventions--but kids who were part of the interventions were more likely to use condoms when they did become sexually active," according to study author Laura Widman, assistant professor of psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The research used data from almost 12,500 children and teenagers from 9- to 18-years-old.