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They have surprisingly conservative views toward sexual activity between 16-year-olds, but are more tolerant of premarital sex between 18-year-olds. ■ Teenagers today are less sexually experienced than in the past. The percentage of nevermarried boys aged 15 to 19 who have ever had sexual intercourse fell from 60 to 46 percent between 1988 and 2002. Among girls, the percentage fell from 51 to 46 percent. ■ Many teens have had more than one sexual partner. Sexually experienced teens aged 15 to 19 are more likely to have had multiple partners than to have engaged in sex with only one person.
Teens are surprisingly conservative about sex. Most do not think it is all right for unmarried 16-year-olds to have sexual relations. Among 15-to-19-year-olds, 68 percent of girls and 63 percent of boys disapprove of sex between 16-year-olds. AMERICAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR 33 Most Teenagers Have Sex before Age 18 Boys and girls are equally likely to have had sexual intercourse. Teenage sexual activity has declined signiﬁcantly over the past 12 years, according to the National Survey of Family Growth.
Women were asked whether they had ever had a sexual experience of any kind with another female. Men were asked whether they had performed any of four speciﬁc sexual acts with another male. The question asked of women may have elicited more "yes" answers than the questions asked of men. Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Sexual Behavior and Selected Health Measures: Men and Women 15–44 Years of Age, United States, 2002, Advance Data, No. 7 Note: The questions about same-sex sexual contact in the National Survey of Family Growth were worded differently for men and women.