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Sexuality and Cultural Differences

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Sexuality and Cultural Differences Social and cultural norms play a big role in an adolescent’s sexual behavior and activity. These norms may be encouraging or restraining an adolescent from sexual activity. Because of these differences among differing cultures, there are racial and ethnic differences in sexual activity rates among teens. For example, Black high school students are more likely to have had intercourse (65%) compared to White (42%) and Hispanic students (49%). ("Kaiser Family Foundation" 2) The age in which adolescents begin sexual activity also varies from culture to culture. The average age of first intercourse, by ethnicity is: Black (15.8), White (16.6), Hispanic (17.0), Asian American (18.1), and Other (17.4). ("Kaiser Family Foundation" 2)
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Unformatted text preview: The differences in the age in which adolescents begin to have sexual intercourse are directly correlated to the amount of teen pregnancies among different ethnicities. According to the center for disease control and prevention, blacks and Hispanic teens have the highest rates of pregnancy. There are also cultural differences in the use of contraceptives among adolescents. White high school students (27%) were more likely to use birth control pills compared to African American (8%) and Hispanic (11%). ("Kaiser Family Foundation" 2) "Sexual Health of Adolescents and Young Children in the United States." Kaiser Family Foundation (2011): 2. Web. 21 Mar 2011. <http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/upload/3040-05.pdf>....
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