Study: Teenage Sex Not Always a Factor in School Performance

In a new study that is sure to raise more debates than settle the issue of teenage sex, researchers said that there is no difference in the school performance of teens who are in sexually active, but exclusive relationships and those who do not engage in premarital sex.

However, researchers, who presented the study at a meeting of the American Sociological Association on Sunday, said that there was a dip in school performance in teens who engage in casual sex compared to those who are celibate. Researchers said that the study shows that it is not sex that has the negative effect on teens’ studies, but the type of relationship they have with their partners.

“This should give some comfort to parents who may be concerned that their teenage son or daughter is dating,” one of the researchers, sociologist Peggy Giordano, said. The study somewhat contradicts generally accepted assumptions that teenage sex, regardless of its context, has only bad effects on the youngsters’ school performance.

Sociologist Julie Albright of the University of Southern California said the study is a good reason to initiate a change in tactics on how to handle sex education. Albright said it might be time for sex education to “emphasize the importance of relationships and spell out the consequences of casual sex.”

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