Science Says 44 - Teen Sexual Behavior and Contraceptive Use: A Summary of Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2009
This "Science Says" research brief provides a summary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS) data on sexual behavior and contraceptive use among high school students. It includes data on the teen sexual experience in general, sex before age 13, the percentage of sexually active teens, teens who have had multiple sexual partners, condom use, birth control pill use, having sex under the influence, and dating violence. The information is presented by gender, race/ethnicity, grade level, and by state. The author notes that YRBS respondents reflect students in grades 9-12 in U.S. public and private high schools from 47 states and 23 cities, thus these data are limited to teens attending high school, and are not representative of all teens in the United States. Not all states participate in the YRBS.