2012. 8 p.
Authors: 
Osorio, A.
Lopez-del Burgo, C.
Carlos, S.
Ruiz-Canela, M.
Delgado, M.
De Irala, J.
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Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 50, Issue 3, 2012
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The authors analyzed the reasons behind first sex, cases of regret, and the association between reasons and regret. They provided a questionnaire to 8,495 high school students ages 14–18 years residing in the Philippines, El Salvador, and Peru. Sexually active participants were asked what circumstances led them to become involved in their first sexual relationship. They also were asked whether they regretted having already had sexual relationships. More than one-third of respondents reported at least one external pressure leading to first sex, and about one-half reported that at least one reason involved getting carried away by sexual arousal. More females said they regretted having already had sex. Logistic regression shows that reasons for first sex associated with regret were partner insistence, "uncontrolled situations," and seeing sexual images. These reasons were associated with regret even when love was also reported as related to first sex. Adolescent sexual experience is often motivated by pressure (such as external pressure [because most friends already had sex or because of partner insistence]) and circumstances (such as getting carried away by sexual arousal [through an "uncontrolled situation" or viewing sexual images]) that lower the control over their decisions concerning sex, rather than by mature decisions, and this may result in later regret. Adolescents should be helped by parents, educators, and policy-makers to be aware of these characteristics of adolescent sexual behavior and empowered to make assertive and informed decisions concerning their sexuality.
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