Teenagers who avoid risky sexual behavior more often participate in family activities, confirmed the research of American experts. Parents in recent years have become increasingly active and, after learning that their child had sexual relations, mainly trying to point out the risks of unsafe relationships.
Statistical surveys confirm that two thirds of American teenagers begin sexual life before 18 years of age.
The latest comprehensive long-term study showed that when adolescents engage in risky sexual activity, fathers respond by intensifying their efforts in order to monitor and control their “hormones” – daughters and sons.
The study involved 3,200 teenagers aged between 13 and 18 years over a period of 4 years, and was conducted by the experts from Boston College, University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University.
Young people between 13 and 19 years old who agreed to be interviewed, were part of the National long-term study of behavior of young people, a representative sample of American adolescents.
Each year, teenagers are informed researchers about how many parents are aware of their activities, inform them about friends and relationships in general.
Within the survey, 14 years old teens answered questions about their risky sexual “episodes”, including frequency of intercourse, number of partners, and incidences of unprotected sex.
The results showed that fathers and mothers reacted differently to the sexual behavior of their children.
Shared meals, gardening or home store that affect young people much less likely to engage in risky sex
When it appeared that the teens entered the risky sexual behavior, instead of parents are less engaged, as it happened until recently, were mostly fathers boosted sharply and included in the “investigation”, insisting to know as much as possible about friends and the activities of their children.
At the same time, to preserve the mother’s “cool head” and without much excitement talking with children, especially daughters, to whom, for the first time, openly talked about his own first sexual experiences and pointed them to the risks of premature and, in particular, unsafe sex.
These results are in stark contrast with the indicators of previous studies that found that parents reacted negatively, or that, after this knowledge, the less engaged in controlling the child’s behavior.
The survey also identified the participation of the family as a kind of “shelter”. In particular, it was found that teens who participate in normal, routine family events, such as the common meals or “action” in gardening or housework, much less engage in risky sexual relations.
At the same time, the researchers found that teens who consciously avoid risky sex, more often pleased to participate in family activities.
“Research has shed light on complex game in relations between parents and their children and adolescents,” said Rebekah, a professor of education and applied psychology at Boston College.
Taking into account the noticeable negative potential consequence of risky sexual relations in adolescence, research results should reinforce parental control, but also actively engaged in establishing a relationship of trust and openness between parents and children.
This research is partly funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.