Children whose parents teach them about sex are & # 039; better in using condoms & # 039;

Children whose parents teach them about sex are less at risk for STDs and unwanted pregnancy because they are & # 39; better in using condoms & # 39;

  • Scientists looked at earlier studies on the sex lives of more than 12,000 young people
  • They found interventions where both parents and children worked best
  • And they said the data backed up what & # 39; intuitively made sense & # 39;
  • Condoms are vital as the only contraceptive that protects against STDs

Children who get the birds and the bees talk from their own parents grow up to have safer sex, a study found.

The finding may provide some motivation for embarrassed parents in the form of scientific evidence that & # 39; The Talk & # 39; works.

Teenagers used condoms more often and less chance of unwanted pregnancies if their parents had taught them about sex, scientists discovered.

Teaching children before their teens was the best and parents' interventions proved to be more effective when the father was involved.


Children whose parents talk to them about safe sex before they become sexually active use condoms more often, researchers found (stock image)

Children whose parents talk to them about safe sex before they become sexually active use condoms more often, researchers found (stock image)

Researchers at North Carolina State University investigated how effective safe advice for parents was by going through 31 previous studies.

These included 12,464 children between the ages of nine and 18 – 12 – on average – who had been involved in tests on sex communication.

Dr. Laura Widman, the lead investigator, said what the team & # 39; intuitive & # 39; found, but could now be supported by data.

& # 39; Reaching children when they are younger and, often, more willing to listen; involving both parents and adolescents; spend more time on the topic – none of which is particularly surprising & # 39 ;, she said.


Clinics & # 39; wrestling & # 39; With the rising numbers of STDs, because dating apps encourage casual sex, experts have warned.


Syphilis cases increased by half in Wales between 2016 and 2017, and record numbers of people over 65 receive syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in England, figures have shown.

Experts and doctors in the field have warned the rapid reversal of partners and the increase in casual sex fed by online dating apps can make getting an STD more likely.

And they also make it harder to get in touch with partners from the past, who may not have friends in common.

Dr. Olwen Williams, president of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV told it BBC in October: & # 39; The frequency of app hook-ups and dating apps used as a type of medium for access to sexual activity appears to have increased considerably.

& # 39; What we can say about sexual mixing and sexual networking is that things have changed considerably.


& # 39; We are seeing a real rise in STDs. If we only saw an increase in testing, our figures would look slightly different, but that's how it feels.

& # 39; Certainly in my career I have never seen so much gonorrhea or syphilis in my area. & # 39;

& # 39; However, it is good to see the data confirm this. & # 39;

One of the strongest effects the scientists discovered was the increase in condom use among young people whose parents had discussed safe sex with them.

This effect was stronger with black and Hispanic youth, programs that focused on both parents and children, and programs that lasted 10 hours or more.


The use of condoms is an important habit for young people to form, as they are the only form of birth control that protects against both sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.

Providing parents with advice on how to talk to their children about sex was an important element.

And despite the fact that the children may learn more about sex at a young age, it is unlikely that they will lose their virginity sooner, the study found.

In the UK, the average age for people to lose their virginity is 16 or 17, according to the NHS, which is in line with the legal age of consent.

Dr. Widman and her team said that more effective interventions and education could be developed with the knowledge of what worked best.


Dr. Widman added: & # 39; We only found one intervention focused on fathers, and it worked very well.

& # 39; Similarly, there was only one intervention aimed specifically at parents of sons, who also worked very well.

& # 39; This suggests that it may be worthwhile to make broader efforts to assess the effectiveness of gender-specific interventions for parents and adolescents. & # 39;

The research was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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