Children and teens who engage in sexual behavior are at greater risk for emotional problems, pregnancy, dating violence, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). RAND studies have examined such topics as prevention and intervention strategies, virginity pledges, the influence of the media on adolescent sexual behavior, and the link between romantic teen relationships and later adult marriages.
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RAND Health has worked on multiple studies identifying the predictors and consequences of adolescent sexual intercourse. The most recent work, by Dr. Anita Chandra, is the first study to demonstrate a link between exposure to sexual content on television and the experience of a pregnancy before the age of 20.
The authors developed this matrix of measures to summarize the state of measurement in the arena of new media use and its potential relationship with adolescent sexual risk behavior and sexual health and set the stage for further research efforts.
An expert panel was convened to develop a working knowledge base about the use of new media (the Internet, social networking sites, cell phones, online video games, MP3 players) among adolescents and the potential impact on their sexual health.
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