Peer Influence on Sexual Behavior

What We Know About African American Teens

Posted December 14, 2002
By Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
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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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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.