Next, we employ multinomial logit modeling to evaluate religious and pledging effects on different types of sexual behavior, net of possible confounding effects. In her counseling sessions, the girls repeatedly talk about their virginity, and about the fact that their happiness, or lack thereof, can depend solely on a few millimeters of skin. The publisher's final edited version of this article is available at J Sch Health. Simply put, religious and moral motivations can and do influence sexual decision-making among American adolescents. Taboos and Fear among Muslim Girls. Significantly more males reported initiating vaginal and anal sex before age 11 compared to females.
Nearly as many students had engaged in anal inter-course 6.
Patterns of Vaginal, Oral, and Anal Sexual Intercourse in an Urban Seventh-Grade Population
American Journal of Public Health. Regarding the sequence of initiation, among students who reported engaging in both vaginal and oral sex, 66 Am J Public Health. But doctors, social workers and the operators of crisis hotlines and youth clubs often experience a different reality. Early sexual initiation has been associated with an increased risk of pregnancy and STI. Evidence for either of these explanations is scarce, and a large part of the little we know about technical virginity is taken from studies of college students and young adults—even though technical virginity is much more common among adolescents Mosher, Chandra, and Jones We conclude that technical virginity does not vary among the more or less religious and those who sign or do not sign abstinence pledges because virginity is more common among religious adolescents and abstinence pledgers.