Centers for Disease Control release new survey report on teens

TIME reports:

[A report] by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released June 2, surveyed 2,800 teenage boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 19 on sex, their use of contraceptives and thoughts on pregnancy. Researchers found that while the number of teens having sex is still significantly lower than in decades past, their attitudes toward getting pregnant (or getting their partner pregnant) are more lax.

  • One in five teenage girls who had had sex said they would be pleased if they got pregnant; one in four teenage boys who had had sex said they would be pleased if their partner got pregnant
  • 64% of boys said it is OK for an unmarried woman to have a child (up from 50% in 2002); 71% of girls agree (up from 65% in 2002)
  • 26% of females and 29% of males have had two of more partners
  • 98% of teens have used birth control at least once; condoms are the most popular choice

The report is available for download here (PDF).


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