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Teens Talk About Sexuality, Relationships, Decision Making, and STDs

October 27, 2000

Decision Making: A Series of National Surveys of Teens About Sex is a new of survey "snapshots" on adolescent sexual heath issues from The Kaiser Family Foundation and Seventeen magazine. This nationally representative survey is part of a broader public information partnership: "SexSmarts: A Guide to the Head and Heart," which provides young people with information and resources on sexual health issues. Data was collected from 510 teens 12 to 17 years of age by phone interviews in June 2000.



Decision Making

What Influences Teens

What Teens Think

Reasons for Having Sexual Intercourse

Knowledge and Skills

Future surveys will explore teens' access to sexual health services and their attitudes and knowledge about birth control options and STDs.

For more information:

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025; Phone: 650/854-9400; Fax: 650/854-4800; Web site:

This article was provided by Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. It is a part of the publication SHOP Talk: School Health Opportunities and Progress Bulletin. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:

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