Adolescent sexual activity

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1993 Nov;32(11):658-68. doi: 10.1177/000992289303201104.


Adolescents are becoming sexually active at younger ages. One half of the adolescents in the United States are sexually active. This article reviews adolescent sexual activity, including rates of sexual activity, sexual practices, gay and lesbian youth, and factors affecting the initiation of sexual activity. In addition, adolescent pregnancy, with possible outcomes and effects on teen parents and their offspring, is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Homosexuality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Pregnancy in Adolescence / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • United States