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Study: TV Sex Increases Teen Sex

Thursday, 06 April 2006 12:00 AM

The more sexy material kids see on television shows and magazines, the more likely they are to engage in sexual intercourse at an early age, according to a disturbing new study from the University of North Carolina.

In fact, the study found that white teens who watched the most sexual content were more than twice as likely as others to have sexual intercourse by the age of 14.

The survey of sexual behavior included 1,017 teens in three public school districts in North Carolina.

"Some, especially those who have fewer alternative sources of sexual norms, such as parents or friends, may use the media as a kind of sexual superpeer that encourages them to be sexually active," the authors wrote.

They also found that "one of the strongest protective factors against early sexual behavior was clear parental communication about sex."

The study appears in the journal, Pediatrics.

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