21 Aug '11, 7pm

Teens in Sexual Relationships Are Less Likely to Act Out

Teens in Sexual Relationships Are Less Likely to Act Out

Proponents of abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education may get a bit of an unwanted shock when they discover new research from psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin , which shows that romantic sexual relationships actually deter teens from acting out. That’s right – sexually active teens, far from being disobedient delinquents, are more likely to be well-behaved. According to the study, which was published in the June issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence , showed that teens who were in sexually active dating relationships were less likely to display antisocial behavior than other groups. Teens who were having sex in non-dating relationships (i.e., hooking up) were more likely to act out. Paige Harden, one of the psychologists, explained that “these results may suggest that teens who spend more one-on-one time with their boyfriends or girlfriends, ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/teens-in-sexual-relationships...

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