Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A New Survey on Teen Pregnancy circa 2012

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has released a new survey of adult and teen attitudes about sex, abstinence contraception, parental influence, sex education, birth control, and teen pregnancy. 

Key findings include:
  • Teens make clear that parents matter more than many probably think (teens say parents most influence their decisions about sex);
  • there is great agreement among adults about the importance of teaching teens about the value of delaying sex and the importance of using contraception (more than seven in 10 support this approach);
  • there is much more that unites teens and adults than divides them when it comes to teen pregnancy and related issues (the survey results surface precious few differences among different racial/ethnic groups); and 
  • that the remaining challenges in convincing young people to delay pregnancy and parenthood may be more profound than many have thought (about four in 10 teens believe it doesn’t matter whether you use birth control or not, pregnancy just happens). 

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