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In This Report, You’ll Learn
Facts about the literature review used to generate this report.
How black teen boys and girls differ when it comes to sex.
What influences the reproductive health of black teens.
Where research should focus next regarding black teens and sex.
This report, the product of a literature review, synthesizes more than two decades of research on black teens and sex. It aims to explain why reproductive health measures for black teens have recently changed and identifies what we know — and still need to know — about this very important topic.
Table of Contents
When it comes to black teens and sex, the research is consistent and clear on the impact of parents
Black teens in single-parent families are more likely to have had sex than those in two-parent families. Perceptions about parental monitoring influence when a young black girl loses her virginity. And black teen girls who were not sexually active identified family influence as the strongest reason why. These same teens were also most likely to have a father living at home. In short: Parents matter.
Findings & Stats
The report shares a long list of things we still don’t know, such as the impact of media on the reproductive health of black teens.
Moving in the Right Direction
The birth rate for black teens declined dramatically — by 37% — between 1991 and 2001.
Teens who are black know more about sexual topics and talk more with their parents about sex relative to teens of other racial and ethnic groups.
Statements & Quotations
One purpose of this report is to make it possible for providers to eliminate stereotypes they may hold about African American teens and to work from a solid base of knowledge about this population.
Adolescents are not miniature adults. They are individuals going through a distinct phase of life and who require or desire interventions tailored to meet their needs.
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