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Summary: Sexual Debut in December for Teen Couples

Teens with romantic partners are nearly three times more likely to make their sexual debut in December than those dating casually.

  • According to an article written by the Journal of Marriage and Family, a study was recently conducted by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health on approximately 21,000 teenagers (as young as seventh graders). The Mississippi State researchers cross-referenced the month teens said they lost their virginity with responses to questions about the seriousness of their relationships with their sexual partners. Researchers found that while June is the most common month for teens to have sex for the first time, be it in a casual summer fling or steady relationship, many teens who are dating seriously choose December as the time to have sex for the first time. In fact, their findings have led the researchers to predict that teens with romantic partners are nearly three times more likely to make their sexual debut in December than those dating casually. The accent on romance has led researchers to conclude that the holiday season (and all the romanticism that surrounds it) plays a key role. To fully understand what’s behind the December teen sex phenomenon, the Mississippi State researchers plan more studies on this issue. Whatever the reasons may be, experts say the holidays are a good time for parents to talk to their teens about sex.1

1Seasonality of Sexual Debut, Journal of Marriage and Family, November 2002, pp. 871-884.

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