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Sexuality is an important aspect of development during adolescence The ability to identify and communicate with adolescent who may be at high risk of premature activity is important since sexual intercourse at an early age can have serious short and long-term consequences An emphasis of confidentiality and an honest appraisal of implications of early sexual activity will enhance discussions about sexual issues with adolescents Some parents are ill prepared for discussions about sexuality Having conversations with their adolescent on sexuality may be difficult for them Many adolescents claim both experience and confidence about sexual issues they are often uncomfortable about discussing sexuality both with adults and their peers Pressure from peers may leave them wondering whether they are normal and unhealthy It becomes crucial that their family creates opportunities for conversations about sexuality with adolescentsPersons aged twelve to nineteen or twelve percent make up the United States population Approximately fifty to sixty percent of adolescent girls and seventy to seventy-five percent of adolescent boys have had sexual intercourse by the time they graduate from high school Cutrona Troutman 1997 There are also a growing number of adolescents having sexual intercourse before the age of thirteen Comerci MacDonald1996 One study conducted in a Mid-western town found that fifty-three percent of adolescents under the age of fourteen were having sexual intercourseThe consequences of early sexual intercourse can not be avoided by society Physical emotional and social consequences have a short and long-term impact on the development of adolescents Forty-percent of all adolescent females will become pregnant before they graduate from high school Comerci MacDonald 1996 Almost fifty-percent of the 11 million teenage pregnancies each year will end in abortion or miscarriage The 50000 births occurring in adolescent girls 31000 occur in girls under fifteen Shafer Sweet 1995Sexually transmitted diseases have both short and long term consequences In recent study fifteen to nineteen year olds accounted for twenty-four percent of all reported cases of
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