Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing

Summary:

“This report presents national estimates of sexual activity, contraceptive use, and births among males and females 15–19 years of age in the United States in 2006–2008 from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). Selected data is also presented from the 1988, 1995, and 2002 NSFGs, and from the 1988 and 1995 National Survey of Adolescent Males (NSAM), conducted by the Urban Institute.” (Abma et al., 2010, p. 1)

  • “In 2006–2008, about 42% of never-married female teenagers (4.3 million), and about 43% of never-married male teenagers (4.5 million) had had sexual intercourse at least once. These levels of sexual experience have not changed significantly from 2002, the last time the NSFG collected these data.” (Abma et al., 2010, p. 1)
  • “Both female and male teenagers whose mothers had their first birth as a teenager, and those who did not live with both parents at age 14, were more likely to be sexually experienced than those whose mothers had their first birth at age 20 or older, and those who lived with both parents at age 14.” (Abma et al., 2010, p. 1)
  • “The condom is the most commonly used method among sexually experienced teen females; 95% had used the condom at least once. The second most common method was withdrawal, with 58% having ever used this method, followed by the pill at 55%.” (Abma et al., 2010, p. 1)

Citation: Abma, J., Martinez, G. M., & Copen, C. M. (2010). Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing. Vital & Health Statistics., Series 23., Number 30. 1-48

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