American Sexual Behavior by New Strategist Editors

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Nineteen percent of women say they were pressured into having sex the first time, while 9 percent say they were given alcohol or drugs. ■ Among men aged 18 to 24 who had sex before age 20, the older they were at first intercourse, the more likely they felt conflicted about it. This suggests that at least some men who wait until they are older may end up losing their virginity for reasons such as peer pressure rather than a genuine desire to have sex. 3 Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2002, Vital and Health Statistics, Series 23, No.

Blacks are more likely than others to abstain because of concerns about sexually transmitted diseases. 6 years old at first menstruation, with little variation by race or Hispanic origin. S. Women: Data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, Vital and Health Statistics, Series 23, No. 0 Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2002, Vital and Health Statistics, Series 23, No. 7 Note: “–” means sample is too small to make a reliable estimate.

SEXUAL INITIATION Most Women Had Mixed Feelings about First Sexual Intercourse Most men really wanted it to happen. ” In contrast, only one-third of men were conflicted about having sex the first time, while 62 percent say they really wanted it to happen. One out of ten women aged 18 to 24 who first had intercourse before age 20 say the encounter was involuntary. The younger the women at sexual initiation, the more likely first intercourse was coerced. Eighteen percent of women aged 14 or younger at first intercourse say it was involuntary compared with 5 percent of those aged 18 to 19 the first time.

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