First sexual intercourse: age, coercion, and later regrets reported by students aged 14-19 years
ESC Congress Library. maria dos anjos d. 05/28/14; 50643; A-228
Prof. Dr. dixe maria dos anjos
Prof. Dr. dixe maria dos anjos
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Introduction: Social-psychological theories of health behavior suggest that adolescent’s sexual behaviors are influenced by the sexual attitudes and behaviors of their friends. Early sex is associated with high-risk behaviors and outcomes, including sexual risk behaviors


Objectives: To determine the prevalence of sexual intercourse among high schools students; to determine the mean age at first sexual intercourse and to analyze the reasons behind first sexual intercourse and regret.


Methodology:  This is a cross-sectional survey conducted on 860 high schools students aged 14-19 years residing in Portugal based on a structured questionnaire.

Results: The study showed that 47,3 percent of the total sample were reported to have had sexual intercourse (45.1 percent of females and 51,1 percent of males).  On average, young people have sex for the first time at about age 15 (SD=1,3). Sexual intercourse was significantly associated with age (p<0,01). The majority of sexually experienced teens (93,2% of females and 87,3% of males) used contraceptives first time they had sex. 88,5 percent said when they had sexual intercourse for the first time it was because they “met the right person,” 8,3 percent said it was because “the boy/girls friends wanted to,” and 3,2 percent said it was because “many of their friends already had.”


This study revealed that regrets concerning sexual intercourse for the first time were common for both men (7,5%) and women (12,5%).


Conclusions: The findings can inform the development of policies and practices for sexual education 



Introduction: Social-psychological theories of health behavior suggest that adolescent’s sexual behaviors are influenced by the sexual attitudes and behaviors of their friends. Early sex is associated with high-risk behaviors and outcomes, including sexual risk behaviors


Objectives: To determine the prevalence of sexual intercourse among high schools students; to determine the mean age at first sexual intercourse and to analyze the reasons behind first sexual intercourse and regret.


Methodology:  This is a cross-sectional survey conducted on 860 high schools students aged 14-19 years residing in Portugal based on a structured questionnaire.

Results: The study showed that 47,3 percent of the total sample were reported to have had sexual intercourse (45.1 percent of females and 51,1 percent of males).  On average, young people have sex for the first time at about age 15 (SD=1,3). Sexual intercourse was significantly associated with age (p<0,01). The majority of sexually experienced teens (93,2% of females and 87,3% of males) used contraceptives first time they had sex. 88,5 percent said when they had sexual intercourse for the first time it was because they “met the right person,” 8,3 percent said it was because “the boy/girls friends wanted to,” and 3,2 percent said it was because “many of their friends already had.”


This study revealed that regrets concerning sexual intercourse for the first time were common for both men (7,5%) and women (12,5%).


Conclusions: The findings can inform the development of policies and practices for sexual education 


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