Perceived norms influence teen sex activity more than peer pressure

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Teens’ perceptions of how sexually active their peers are may have the greatest impact on their own sexual behavior, suggests a new analysis of previous studies. But actual peer pressure had the smallest effect on teens’ decisions to have sex, the authors found. “To promote youth sexual health, it is important to understand when and why adolescents decide to become sexually active or to engage in risky sexual behavior,” Daphne van de Bongardt told Reuters Health in an email. …
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