Teen Sex infoPlaylist

December 2, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

When you Google the term “teen sex” it becomes readily apparent how difficult finding statistics, news stories, and research analyses from credible sources related to adolescent sexual activity can be. To mark Sexual Health Awareness Week at Towson University, Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Sarah Gilchrist have compiled this resource guide listing credible resources related to teen sexual activity, sexting, contraception, pregnancy, as well as sexual health and identity.

Sexual Activity

  • A May 2014 fact sheet from the Guttmacher Institute that contains statistics related to teens’ sexual activities
  • The Department of Health and Human Services website on adolescent reproductive health that contains information on sexual activity by state as well as information about evidence-based education programs
  • The 2014 “Virgin Territory” public opinion survey report from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy


  • A 2012 research study on the link between sexting and sexual activity among teens
  •  Statistics related to sexting from “The Digital Abuse Study” by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV
  • A November 2014 article in the Atlantic about why teens sext


  • A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website discussing the different types of birth control and their failure rates
  • The New York Times report with infographics about the effectiveness of different birth control methods over long periods of time
  • The Guttmacher Institute’s “Contraceptive Use in the United States” fact sheet containing statistics related to teens’ use of contraception
  • An NPR story about the research on what influences teens’ birth control choices


  • A fact sheet on adolescent pregnancy from the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • A website from the Department of Health and Human Services detailing trends in teen pregnancy in the United States
  • The Centers for Disease Control teen pregnancy website focusing on prevention
  • “Why is the teen birth rate falling?” an April 2014 research report from the Pew Research Center
  • A 2012 Guttmacher Institute fact sheet on teens’ information sources about sex including the research related to the effectiveness of sex education

Sexual Health and Identity

  • The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) website containing teen sexual risk behavior statistics and adolescent sexual health education initiative program information
  • Fact sheets from the Department of Health and Human Services related to sexually transmitted diseases including information on the prevalence, treatment, and different types of infections
  • World Health Organization (WHO) fact sheet with global statistics related the prevalence and treatments for sexually transmitted infections
  • A July 2014 CNN news story about HIV/AIDS and Millennials
  • Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice! has answers to commonly-asked sexual health questions
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender health
  • American Psychological Association feature story on the changing landscape of transgender research
  • The American Medical Association’s resource list including facts and resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth suicide prevention

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