Peer Influence on Sexual Behavior

What We Know About African American Teens

By Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

December 14, 2002


Researchers are studying the bond between peers to better understand sexual behavior in black teens. This report reviews what we know — and all that we still don’t know — about the intersection of black youth, their friends and sex.           

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Key Takeaway

One potential way to help black teens make safer decisions about sex? Understand the power of peer influences

Black youth are more likely to engage in risky sexual activities, contract a sexually transmitted disease or become pregnant relative to their white and Hispanic counterparts. To find out why this is, researchers are placing one relationship group — friends — under the microscope.

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