Teens in Romantic Sexual Relationships Less Likely to Get in Trouble

Posted by Vinnie Yuen & filed under Sex & Relationships.

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Did your conservative parents forbid dating in high school? Mine did. Now teenagers can have a good reason to date in high school. Apparently it helps them stay out of serious trouble!

According to a study done at the University of Texas, teenagers who are sexually active in relationships show less antisocial behaviour compared to teenagers who are not having sex at all.

The reason? Paige Harden, assistant professor of psychology, speculates it’s because these teens spend more one-on-one time with their boyfriends and girlfriends and less time with their friends, and therefore, have less time to get into trouble.

On the other hand, teens who have sex with non-dating partners (i.e. casual sex or “hooking up”) were more likely to be involved in delinquent behaviour.

The study analyzed data on 519 same-sex twins in the United States between 13 to 18 years old.

Jezebel.com says this really calls into the question of whether adolescent sex is always bad. In the context of a relationship, perhaps sex can actually be good for teenagers. After all, sex keeps you busy. Really busy. And naked snuggling trumps drugs, any day.

I guess this gives you a perfect excuse if you’re in a steady relationship and your mother discovers your condoms or birth control pills: “It helps me stay away from drugs, shoplifting, vandalism and gangs.”

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About Vinnie Yuen

Vinnie Yuen
Vinnie is a 1.5 generation Chinese Canadian who calls Hong Kong and Vancouver home. She likes story-telling and writing about relationships, gender and identity. Vinnie has a Master of Journalism and B.A. in English Literature from UBC.

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