Sex Cures Teenage Delinquency, UT Study Says

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Love conquers all, UT says.
Worried about your teenaged son or daughter becoming a delinquent? Get them into someone's pants, quick.

A new study from the University of Texas says sex is the secret to solving delinquency. But before you get all riled up, understand that it's "romantic" sex they're talking about, not a bunch of random hookups.

"Sexually active teens in committed, romantic relationships are less likely to engage in delinquent behavior than teens who have casual sex," the study says.

Wait a second. In either scenario, teens are having sex! We thought Rick Perry was preaching abstinence!! Are you trying to tell us kids aren't listening?

Okay, you have to assume -- just for the sake of argument -- that there are possibly some kids who disagree with Perry on the wonders of abstinence. Given that, UT psychologists say, it's much better if you're doing it with someone you love/like/tolerate because you're getting laid than if you just go gallivantin' about.

The results "may suggest that teens who spend more one-on-one time with their boyfriends or girlfriends, and less time with their friends, have fewer opportunities to get into trouble," UT says.

"It can be difficult for researchers to understand how dating experiences in adolescence influence behavior because there can be pre-existing differences between teenagers who date versus those who don't," one of the authors of the study, with the slightly suggestive name of Paige Harden, says.

So the study looked at 519 same-sex twins from across the country and quizzed them on their sex and delinquency habits.

Among teens aged 13-15, "Genes related to impulsivity, extroversion and early puberty may influence young adolescents to have sex in non-dating relationships. These same genes may also put them at risk for adverse psychological outcomes," the study found.

Update: Our sister paper LA Weekly's sex blog LA After Dark has more analysis on the study.

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Chuck Curry
Chuck Curry

Sex is where people come from. People enrich our lives through art and philosophy, and also make all the stuff we use. People are good. Sex is good. Relax. As for the delinquents. It wasn't the sex or the lack of sex, it was the parents. I never met a f'd up kid who didn't have an f'd up family...And that doesn't mean no access or wealth...I'm talking about people with screwy heads! :) 

Judytoxaway
Judytoxaway

This has to be the most absurd thing I've ever read!!! The monet soent on this STUPID study would have been better spent providing condoms, birth control, and counslors! Grrrrr the rate of increasing idiots in this country is staggering!! 

Chuck Curry
Chuck Curry

Or on Soylent Green machines for all the flush babies

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Majority needed. All parent must aware about that girls are entering puberty as early as 7-8 years of age. As we know that baby or teen anything learn well from their parents.Escorts

obbop
obbop

When the teacher showed a film back in "the day" the "passion pit" at the room's rear was better viewing than what was on the screen.

Prof Topkat
Prof Topkat

All parents should feel relieved now that there is a surefire way to prevent juvenile delinquency. But wait a minute – how is good old dad going to feel when he finds outhis darling little girl got knocked up?

Common sense
Common sense

Of course, girls become pregnant everytime they have sex. There is no such thing as contraception, right?  <---- sarcasm (just in case)If parents/schools/community would spend at least as much time teaching about safe sex practices than preaching about abstinence and telling that sex leads to Hell (tell a 4 year-old not to touch the fire or he'll get burned, what is (s)he going to do?), there would be a lot less unwanted pregnancies (let alone STDs)

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