Parental monitoring tied to less risky sexual behaviors in teens

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – In a recent study, watchful parents had teens who engaged in fewer risky sexual behaviors. When parents were aware of their adolescents’ activities, the kids had longer delays before starting to have sex, and when they did have intercourse, they were more likely to use contraceptives, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. “Parents can be very helpful for a number of issues particularly for adolescent sexual health,” said senior study author Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work in New York City.
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