Teen Sex Study Links Age At First Sexual Experience To Romantic Relationships In Adulthood

The Huffington Post:

When it comes to sex, “late bloomers” may have a better shot at finding happiness in romantic relationships later in life, according to new research conducted at the University of Texas at Austin–but it’s complicated.

The research shows that people who lose their virginity at an older age are less likely to marry and tend to have fewer romantic partners in adulthood. But those who do end up in a committed relationship in adulthood tend to be happier with their partners than their peers whose first sexual intercourse came at an earlier age.

What’s the explanation?

“Individuals who first navigate intimate relationships in young adulthood, after they have accrued cognitive and emotional maturity, may learn more effective relationship skills than individuals who first learn scripts for intimate relationships while they are still teenagers,” study author Paige Harden, assistant professor in the university’s department of psychology, said in a written statement.

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