Teen sexual activity by age in Delaware

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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 reported by high school students. Questions included the age when a student first engaged in sexual intercourse as well as how many partners those that are sexually active have had. 

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

Footnotes: Data last updated 04/2018