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.           

December 13, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Statistics on sexual activity among black youth.

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    What makes a black teen more likely to have had sex.

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    How spirituality impacts the sexual behavior of black teens.

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    Knowledge gaps related to black youth and sex.

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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