According to The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy's With One Voice 2007: America's Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy National Survey
- Most teens (62%) and adults (75%) believe that teen boys often receive the message that they are "expected to have sex."
- When it comes to talking about sex, most teens (65%) and adults (61%) believe that parents send one message to their sons and a different message to their daughters.
- Most sexually experienced teens (60%) wish they had waited longer to have intercourse.
- Fully 75% of teens do not think it is embarrassing for teens to admit they are virgins.
- About half of teens (48%) say they have never thought about what their life would be like if they got pregnant or got someone pregnant as a teen.
- Teens continue to say that parents most influence their decisions about sex.
- Most teens (64%) say they share their parents' values about sex.
- An overwhelming majority of adults (93%) and teens (90%) continue to believe that providing young people with a strong adolescenthealth message is important.
Three quarters of teen girls aged 15-19 (74%) and 63% of teen boys the same age agree that "teen girls often receive the message that attracting boys and looking sexy is one of the most important things they can do."
Half of teen boys (53%) and seven in ten teen girls agree that "teen boys often receive the message that sex and pregnancy are not a big deal."
Two-thirds (68%) of 16-18 year olds who first had sex in 2000 said that they lost their virginity in their family home, their partner's family home, or a friend's house.
Some Facts about Teens, Relationships, Pregnancy, and Marriage
(National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Campaign Update Fall 2006)
- Half of all first out-of-wedlock births are to teens.
- Teen mothers are unlikely to marry the biological fathers of their children.
- Teens who marry are two to three times more likely to divorce than people who marry in their 20s.
- The vast majority of high school seniors believe that marriage is extremely important and that they will marry in the future.
- A child born to an unmarried teen mother who has not finished high school is nine times more likely to be poor than a child born to an adult parent who is married and has graduated from high school.
Advice from teens on how parents and other adults can help them avoid pregnancy (From Talking Back: What Teens Want Adults to Know about Teen Pregnancy, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 2003)
- Show us why teen pregnancy is such a bad idea.
- Show us what good, responsible relationships look like.
- Talk to us honestly about love, sex, and relationships.
- Telling us not to have sex is not enough.
- If we ask you about sex or birth control, don't assume we're already "doing it".
- Pay attention to us before we get into trouble.
- Don't leave us alone so much. We really care what you think, even if we don't always act like it.
- We hate "The Talk" as much as you do.
- For us, it's not about adolescenthealth or contraception; it's about adolescenthealth and contraception.
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