Virginity Pledging - What did they expect?
- 06-02-2006, 09:50 AM
Virginity Pledging - What did they expect?
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers who take pledges to remain virgins until marriage are likely to deny having taken the pledge if they later become sexually active. Conversely, those who were sexual active before taking the pledge frequency deny their sexual history, according to new study findings.
These findings imply that virginity pledgers often provide unreliable data, making assessment of abstinence-based sex education programs unreliable. In addition, these teens may also underestimate their risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases.
"Teenagers do not report their past sexual activity accurately, with virginity pledgers giving more inaccurate reports of their past sexual activity," study author Janet Rosenbaum, of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told Reuters Health.
Consequently, rather than rely on self-reports, "studies of virginity pledges must focus on outcomes where we know we can get good information, such as medical STD tests," she added.
Previous research shows that survey respondents tend to answer questions about sexual activity according to their current beliefs, particularly if their current attitudes conflict with their past behaviors. Survey respondents may also underreport or overreport their health risk behavior.
Rosenbaum evaluated retractions of virginity pledges and reports of sexual histories among a nationally representative sample of seventh- through twelfth-grade students who participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
The students were first interviewed in 1995 and followed-up in 1996. The first survey included responses from 79 percent of 20,745 students. The second survey included responses from 88 percent of 14,736 students from the first group.
In the initial survey, about 13 percent of adolescents reported that they had taken a pledge of virginity. Just one year later, however, more than half of this group said they had never taken such a pledge, Rosenbaum reports in the American Journal of Public Health.
In addition, more than 1 in 10 students who reported being sexually active in 1995 said that they were virgins in 1996. Students who reported they were sexually active in second survey were more than three times as likely as their peers to deny they had taken a pledge of virginity.
The adolescents' denials of virginity pledges and sexual histories were associated with changes in their sexual and religious identities, the report indicates.
For example, adolescents who abandoned a born-again Christian identity were more than twice as likely as their peers to say they had never taken a virginity pledge.
On the other hand, 28 percent of nonvirgins who later took a virginity pledge retracted their sexual histories during the 1996 survey. The same was true of 18 percent of nonvirgins who later adopted a born-again Christian identity.
Sexually active teens who later took virginity pledges were four times as likely to deny previous reports of sexual activity than were those who had not taken virginity pledges.
According to Rosenbaum, "it's not possible to know why pledgers retracted their sexual history since it's impossible to know whether respondents actually had sex."
"Psychology studies in a variety of contexts seem to demonstrate that people's memories of their behavior are consistent with their beliefs rather than their actual behavior," she told Reuters Health, adding that "anecdotally, some people seem to feel like the answer which is strictly true may not represent themselves accurately."
"If those who deny their sexual pasts perceive their new history as correct, they will underestimate the sexually transmitted disease risk stemming from their prepledge sexual behavior," Rosenbaum adds.
SOURCE: American Journal of Public Health, June 2006.
While I would expect most of these results, you would have to wonder how often sexual pasts becomes distorted, and the person your with isn't giving accurate information in those regaurds.
- 06-02-2006, 10:55 AM
so noone expects a teenager to lie about what they do in there spare time. wow.. no ****.. kids lie.... im starting to feel bad for waiting til i was 19 to lose mine...
- 06-02-2006, 10:59 AM
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06-02-2006, 01:17 PM
That was probably a blessing though,.. (assuming you don't already have Gonasyphaherpalies... )Originally Posted by bioman
- apparently abstinence couldn't keep you from catching volverine syndrome
06-02-2006, 01:48 PM
I have been fortunate to avoid cooties however, the carpal tunnel I have from all the internet porn is truly debilitating.
06-02-2006, 03:07 PM
Weird how you always end up searching for more when you already have like 1,000,000 gigs of it on your hard drive!!Originally Posted by bioman
It's the crack of the internet- always being pushed on ya.
06-03-2006, 01:19 AM
06-03-2006, 01:32 AM
Originally Posted by xtraflossy
A little off topic, but I find it disturbing that many teens are having kids now a day and many of them are proud to be pregnant
06-05-2006, 09:35 AM
I hear ya. I JUST got back from a trip to Alabama, where my GF's sister, who is 22, married her husband, who is 18. There are 2 kids. As a comparrision, I would say that in places like that, I guess it's just normal; but in other places, I usually find that the females who are the proudest of being pregnant are the ones who need the most attention, and pregnency usually gives that to them,.. by other people, the guy, family....Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
Being in the city now, I also know some who view having another kid just as I would view getting a raise at work
06-06-2006, 07:12 AM
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06-06-2006, 07:55 AM
Yea , I tried to quit once,...but I gained alot of weight. So what can ya do?Originally Posted by xtraflossy
06-06-2006, 08:22 AM
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