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First intercourse among young Americans.
Fam Plann Perspect. 1983 Mar-Apr; 15(2):64-70.FP

Abstract

In 1979, 50 percent of women aged 15-19 and 70 percent of men aged 17-21 living in metropolitan areas of the United States reported that they had ever had sexual intercourse. The average age at which young women had their first sexual experience was 16.2, compared with 15.7 among the men; women tended to have their first intercourse with a partner nearly three years older than themselves, whereas men had their first intercourse with a partner less than one year older. Blacks generally experienced first coitus at a younger age than did whites. Young women's first coitus generally occurred with someone toward whom the respondent felt a commitment; more than six in 10 young women said they had been going steady with or engaged to their first sexual partner. In contrast, fewer than four in 10 young men said that they had been engaged to or going steady with their first partner, and more than one in three said that they and their first partner had been friends. Young men were more than twice as likely as young women to have had first intercourse with someone they had only recently met. Seventeen percent of the young women and 25 percent of the young men surveyed said that they had planned their first intercourse; women who had been going steady with their first partner were most likely to have planned intercourse, while the young men who had met their first partner shortly before intercourse took place were the most likely to have planned the act.(

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Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

6671478

Citation

Zelnik, M, and F K. Shah. "First Intercourse Among Young Americans." Family Planning Perspectives, vol. 15, no. 2, 1983, pp. 64-70.
Zelnik M, Shah FK. First intercourse among young Americans. Fam Plann Perspect. 1983;15(2):64-70.
Zelnik, M., & Shah, F. K. (1983). First intercourse among young Americans. Family Planning Perspectives, 15(2), 64-70.
Zelnik M, Shah FK. First Intercourse Among Young Americans. Fam Plann Perspect. 1983 Mar-Apr;15(2):64-70. PubMed PMID: 6671478.
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TY - JOUR T1 - First intercourse among young Americans. AU - Zelnik,M, AU - Shah,F K, PY - 1983/3/1/pubmed PY - 1983/3/1/medline PY - 1983/3/1/entrez KW - Adolescents KW - Age Factors KW - Americas KW - Behavior KW - Blacks KW - Coitus KW - Contraception KW - Contraceptive Usage KW - Cultural Background KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developed Countries KW - Ethnic Groups KW - Family Planning KW - Interpersonal Relations KW - Knowledge KW - North America KW - Northern America KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Population Dynamics KW - Premarital Sex Behavior KW - Reproduction KW - Research Report KW - Sex Behavior KW - Time Factors KW - United States KW - Urban Population KW - Whites KW - Youth SP - 64 EP - 70 JF - Family planning perspectives JO - Fam Plann Perspect VL - 15 IS - 2 N2 - In 1979, 50 percent of women aged 15-19 and 70 percent of men aged 17-21 living in metropolitan areas of the United States reported that they had ever had sexual intercourse. The average age at which young women had their first sexual experience was 16.2, compared with 15.7 among the men; women tended to have their first intercourse with a partner nearly three years older than themselves, whereas men had their first intercourse with a partner less than one year older. Blacks generally experienced first coitus at a younger age than did whites. Young women's first coitus generally occurred with someone toward whom the respondent felt a commitment; more than six in 10 young women said they had been going steady with or engaged to their first sexual partner. In contrast, fewer than four in 10 young men said that they had been engaged to or going steady with their first partner, and more than one in three said that they and their first partner had been friends. Young men were more than twice as likely as young women to have had first intercourse with someone they had only recently met. Seventeen percent of the young women and 25 percent of the young men surveyed said that they had planned their first intercourse; women who had been going steady with their first partner were most likely to have planned intercourse, while the young men who had met their first partner shortly before intercourse took place were the most likely to have planned the act.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) SN - 0014-7354 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/6671478/First_intercourse_among_young_Americans_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/childbehaviordisorders.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -