Instead, if they answer your questions or seem eager to date, you can steer the conversation toward reassuring them that these feelings are normal. Are they just trying to keep up with their friends?
To better understand what influences teenagers to have sex in dating relationships and with non-dating partners, the researchers examined environmental and genetic variables that predispose adolescents to risky sexual behaviors.
Harden found genes significantly influence sexual behavior among young teens (ages 13-15).
They found family environmental factors, rather than intelligence, were more important influences on teenage sexual activity.
The second study also used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Harden and her colleague, Jane Mendle, professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, analyzed data on 519 same-sex twins in the United States between the ages of 13 and 18.