Sex During Adolescence

By: Cubbin, Catherine, Santelli, John, Brindis, Claire D., and Paula Braveman.

Analyzing data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, these researchers find that female adolescents from two-biological-parent families have between 37% and 65% lower odds of ever having sex than their peers from other family structures; male adolescents from two-biological-parent families have between 37% and 55% lower odds of ever having sex than male adolescents from other family structures. When the proportion of married households in the community is greater than 33% there is a decrease in the odds of ever having had sex by 32% for male adolescents and 23% for female adolescents.

Neighborhood context and sexual behaviors among adolescents: Findings from the national longitudinal study of adolescent health. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 37 (3): 125-34.