Burke Henderson, SADD, (508) 481-3568
MARLBOROUGH, May 6, 2004 With prom season commencing across the country, many parents are wary of the pressures this special night places on teens to have sex. Their fears may be well founded, according to new research from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual Group conducted by Roper/ASW:
Perhaps most alarming is the apparent connection between early sexual activity and feelings of inadequacy, depression, and stress.
"Prom and sex are too often linked in the minds of young people seeking independence and maturity in adult behavior," said Stephen Wallace, chairman and chief executive officer of SADD. "Along with this rite of passage can come significant pressure for both boys and girls to engage in activities they may not really want and may not be ready for."
The study also found that the relationship between teens and their parents is typically the largest factor contributing to their overall mood and resistance to destructive decision-making. More than half of teens (53.6 percent) think that losing their parents trust is a likely outcome of being caught having sex, and almost one third (27.6 percent) cite "pleasing parents" as a reason not to have sex.
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