Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Virginity Lost as Teen = Divorce Later

A University of Iowa study has found that the younger a teenage girl becomes sexual active, the more likely she will divorce later in life.
There may be "a causal explanation –- that the early sexual experience led to the development of behaviors or beliefs that promote divorce."
-- Dr. Anthony Paik, associate professor of sociology, Univ. of Iowa
For background (to see the pattern), read the following previous articles:

Most Teens Want to be Virgins at Marriage

Abstinence Education Effective, Fed Study Shows

Planned Parenthood's Sexual Assault on Kids

Defeating Marriage & Destroying Family: Survey

-- From "UI Study Examines Link Between Teen Sex and Divorce Rate" by Jillian Petrus, Reporter, KCRG-TV9 6/14/11

He found 31 percent of women who had sex for the first time as teens divorced within five years after marrying. 47 percent divorced within 10 years.

The divorce rate for women who delayed sex until adulthood decreased dramatically.

Women who had sex before the age of 16 were more likely to get divorced. Unwanted sex at a young age doubled the chance of a failed marriage, and only a small percent of women who had sex before 18 said it's something they really wanted to do.

Dr. Anthony Paik said the survey did control for other variables that might lead to a divorce. He said he recognizes there are a lot of other factors that can cause divorce, but he believes teenage sex is definitely one thing to consider.

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From "Women who lost their virginity as teenagers are 'more likely to divorce', says new study" by UK Daily Mail Reporter 6/15/11

Among women who delayed sex until adulthood, 15 per cent divorced at five years, compared to 27 per cent at 10 years.

The findings were published in the April issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.

Thirty-one percent of women who lost their virginity during adolescence had premarital sex with multiple partners, compared to 24 per cent of those who waited.

Twenty-nine percent experienced premarital conceptions, versus 15 percent who waited.

One in four women who had sex as a teen had a baby before they were married, compared to only one in ten who waited until adulthood.

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From "UI study: Teen sex in women affects divorce rate" posted at Iowa City Press Citizen 6/14/11

In a statistical analysis, [Dr. Paik] found more evidence . . . suggesting that the sexual experiences as a teen affected the marriage.

"It's a timely topic, given the current debate over the sexualization of girls," Paik said. "This study tries to provide some answers about adolescent sexuality and the risk of marital dissolution, and the results show that both the context and early onset of first intercourse are associated with divorce."

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