Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 1997. Teen Behavior Risk Factor 4. Early Sexual Intercourse

10/01/1997

Early sexual intercourse is a strong predictor of subsequent childbearing at an early age which increases the risk of dependence.

Figure TEEN 4. Percentage of High School Students Grade 9 to 12 who Reported Ever Having Sexual Intercourse by Grade, 1995

Figure TEEN 4. Percentage of High School Students Grade 9 to 12 who Reported Ever Having Sexual Intercourse by Grade, 1995

  • The percentage of high school students who reported ever having sexual intercourse increased with each grade, reaching about two-thirds for 12th grade students.
  • There is little difference between the percentages for males and females, particularly after grade 9.
  • Table TEEN 4 shows that approximately half of all high school students reported ever having sexual intercourse.
  • As shown in Table TEEN 4, in 1995, non-Hispanic black high school students (73 percent) were more likely to have ever had sexual intercourse than non-Hispanic white students (49 percent) or Hispanic students (58 percent).

Table TEEN 4. Percentage of High School Students Grades 9 to 12 who Reported Ever Having Sexual Intercourse by Gender, Grade and Race, 1995

  Total Male Female
Total 53 54 52
Grade
9 37 41 32
10 48 50 46
11 59 57 60
12 66 67 66
Racial Categories
Non-Hispanic White 49 49 49
Non-Hispanic Black 73 81 67
Hispanic 58 62 53

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Trends in the Well-Being of America's Children and Youth: 1997. Table SD 4.1.A.