Saturday, June 10, 2006

Teenage Girls Falling into Cultural Dangers of Sex, Experts Warn
Saturday, Jun. 10, 2006

A new report on teens and sex revealed an overall decline in high school students ever having engaged in sexual intercourse yet studies have also shown more teenagers retracting their virginity pledges. Amid the studies, more parents are raising concerns on cultural trends that may be degrading the values of the average teen.

Reported in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health, a study conducted on more than 14,000 students found that 52 percent of those who took virginity pledges retracted those pledges within a year. And adolescents who abandoned a born-again Christian identity were more than twice as likely as their peers to say they had never taken a virginity pledge, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Thursday stating 47 percent of high school students last year said they had ever had sexual intercourse, down from the 54 percent reported in 1991.
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