Found another interesting study today on msnbc.com. This one explored the relationship between teens and their parents and the impact that those relationships may or may not have on the teens choice to engage in sex. First, some interesting and alarming numbers:
"One in four American adolescents under the age of 15 has had sexual
intercourse and, by age 18, two-thirds have had sex, according to
research. The concern is, many sexually active young people aren’t
using protection, a contributing factor in rising teen birth rates.
Approximately 750,000 teenagers become pregnant each year and about 3
in 10 teenage girls become pregnant at least once before age 20,
according to government statistics." from article Devoted dads key to reducing teen sex by Linda Carroll
Yikes! Having a daughter myself, these numbers make me cringe. Fortunately, if the research here is correct, we should be in good shape as Thing Two's father is very involved and absolutely dotes on her.
Of particular interest to me was the point about the relationship between the parents and how "dad's impact on mom makes life better for the child." Hmmmm...any thoughts on that readers?
Check out the full article here. Post your thoughts :)