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Teens who choose to practice abstinence or delay having sex may still engage in sexual risk-taking as adults, according to a new study.
The researchers found that a combination of other factors, including genetics and environment, are stronger contributing factors than being sexually promiscuous in young adulthood — which they described as associated with but not causing later sexual risk-taking.
When it comes to causal factors for sexual risk-taking, “it doesn’t really matter whether you delay sex or not,” the researchers said in a news release from the Association for Psychological Science. They cited having multiple partners, drug and alcohol use during sexual encounters and unprotected sex as examples of sexual risk-taking.
The findings are scheduled for publication in a future issue of Psychological Science.
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