Teen sexual activity by risk factor in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

Adolescence is a time often associated with risk-taking or sensation seeking behavior. Risk-taking is viewed as a means of asserting independence and defining/developing personalities. Parents play a critical role in helping their children engage in healthy risk-taking (i.e., playing sports, making new friends, volunteering) and avoiding negative, unhealthy risk-taking (i.e., substance use and abuse, sexual activity, violence).
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Definitions: Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey on sexual activity by different segments of the Delaware high school student population including sexual identity, race, incarceration of parents, disability status, and victims of bullying. 

Students were asked if they have ever had sexual intercourse, if they wore a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse (among those who have had sex), and if they drank alcohol or use drugs before they had sexual intercourse the last time (among those who have had sex). 

Data Source: Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware 

Footnotes: "S" = data are suppressed where number of incidences are at or below 10 to limit the disclosure of information about individual respondents and to reduce the number of estimates with unacceptable levels of statistical reliability.

Data last updated 08/2020