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Fear of pregnancy is the second most commonly cited reason, mentioned by 19 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys. There are sharp differences among boys by race and Hispanic origin, however. Hispanic boys are most likely to say they are still virgins because they fear getting a girl pregnant (42 percent). Blacks are more likely than others to abstain because of concerns about sexually transmitted diseases. 6 years old at ﬁrst menstruation, with little variation by race or Hispanic origin. S.
Most do not think it is all right for unmarried 16-year-olds to have sexual relations. Among 15-to-19-year-olds, 68 percent of girls and 63 percent of boys disapprove of sex between 16-year-olds. AMERICAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR 33 Most Teenagers Have Sex before Age 18 Boys and girls are equally likely to have had sexual intercourse. Teenage sexual activity has declined signiﬁcantly over the past 12 years, according to the National Survey of Family Growth. In 2002, 46 percent of never-married boys aged 15 to 19 had had sexual intercourse, down from 60 percent in 1988.
9 Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2002; Vital and Health Statistics Series 23, No.
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