Reasons for Abstinence

Sex, Depression & Suicide (6/03)

Sexually active teens are more prone to be depressed/suicidal than teens who are chaste.

Early sexual experimentation has been “a substantial factor in undermining the emotional well-being of American teenagers”. Data taken from a national survey of 6,500 teens aged 14-17 showed that teen-age girls who had sex were three times more likely to be depressed than girls who didn’t. Sexually active boys were twice as likely to be depressed than boys who practiced chastity.

“When compared to teens who are not sexually active, teenage boys and girls who are sexually active are significantly more likely to attempt suicide.”

[data from National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, Wave II, 1996. EF News & Notes, 13Jun03; Robert Rector, Kirk Johnson and Lauren Noyes Heritage Fdn; Washington Times, 6/4/03; Family News & Focus, 6/3/03; Abstinence Clrnghse E-Mail Update 4Jun03; 25Jun03, EF Collegians]