Friendship networks were derived using social network analysis in each grade. Adolescents and their friends also reported on their alcohol use, smoking, and sexual debut at each assessment. Thus, this is a key developmental period for the study of risk and protective factors related to the initiation and escalation of health risk behaviors. Specifically, friendships with other-sex peers are related to earlier sexual intercourse Billari and Mencarini and higher antisocial activity, especially among girls Arndorfer and Stormshak ; Haynie et al.
Social Media and Sexual Behavior Among Adolescents: Is there a link?
Other-Sex Friendships in Late Adolescence: Risky Associations for Substance Use and Sexual Debut?
Mitchell J. Prinstein, PhD, Christina S. Meade, MS, Geoffrey L. Objective To provided initial descriptive information regarding adolescents' engagement in oral sex and to investigate adolescents' perceptions of their best friends' sexual behavior and peer-reported popularity as two social mechanisms that may influence engagement in oral sex. Methods A total of tenth graders reported their engagement in oral sex and intercourse, number of sexual partners, and use of sexually transmitted infection STI protection, as well as perceptions of their best friends' sexual behaviors. Sociometric assessment yielded peer-reported measures of adolescents' preference- and reputation-based popularity. Results Adolescents were more likely to report engagement in oral sex than intercourse, report more oral sex partners than intercourse partners, and were unlikely to report use of STI protection during oral sex.
Ways to Influence Your Teen’s Sexual Risk Behavior: What Fathers Can Do
Adolescent sexual risk taking and its consequences remain a global public health concern. Empirical evidence on the impact that social media has on sexual health behaviors among youth is sparse. The study aimed to examine the relationship between social media and the change in sexual risk over time and whether parental monitoring moderates this relationship. This study comprised a sample of Latino youth aged years from Maryland, United States completing baseline and follow-up surveys. Mixed-effects linear regression was used to examine the relationship between social media and the change in sexual risk over time and whether parental monitoring moderated the relationship.
For teenagers, good friends can be like a personal support group. Friends and friendships give teenagers:. Teenagers might be focused on their friends, but they still need your help and support to build and maintain positive and supportive friendships.