Saturday, May 04, 2002

Early intercourse and self-esteem linked in adolescent behavior

According to a study by researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Self-esteem plays an apparent role in the loss of virginity among adolescents.

Interesting difference: Self-esteem had an opposite effects on young girls and young boys. Young girls with high self-esteem were less likely to engage in early sexual activity, while young boys with high self-esteem were more likely to report being sexually active. The study also showed that the level of self-esteem did not change in males or females following the loss of virginity.

Lesson to parents: Work to boost your daughter's self-esteem, and to lower your son's.

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