Parents Influence Teens' Sex Decisions

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy recently released the results of a survey regarding teen pregnancy and parental influence. Over half of the teens surveyed say parents most influence their decisions about sex. The study also shows that parents lack confidence, underestimating their influence over their teens' decisions.

Janna Janke is the executive director at the Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Wausau. She talks to teens and parents regularly and says influence plays a huge part.

"Parents are a huge influence and parents need to remember that what they're doing and saying is going to affect their kids," says Janke.

The study also found that there are a large number of teens who would postpone sex and avoid teen pregnancy if they could have open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.

To find out more on teen pregnancy and the results of the national study, log onto www.teenpregnancy.org/resources.data.polling.asp


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