Study Shows: Teens Mirror Parents’ on Birth Control Issues

According to a study put out by the State University of New York at Albany, teens’ opinions about sex and birth control are highly influenced by those of their parents; teens “are more likely to have internalized their parents’ values.” The study involved interviewing 10,000 adolescents twice in two years to evaluate youths’ perceptions of their parents’ approval of birth control. The study concluded that teens who were “satisfied with their relationships with their moms were less likely to engage in sex and become pregnant and more likely to use birth control if they do have sex.”


Kaiser Family Foundation _ August 31, 2000

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