What influences a teen's likelihood of becoming sexually active?
I've been reading on this site recently several questions related to teen sexual activity, and as a mom of two teen girls myself, this is something I am constantly concerned about. It seems some moms accept sexual exploration on the part of their teens as a normal part of growing up, being more concerned about making sure they are safe and protected; while others are aghast at the mere thought. This leads me to believe that some of us became sexually active as teens ourselves, while others were able to hold off until we were older. I know media and our overly-sexualized culture plays a big role, but what are the other variables? For example, as adults, we know that each of us has a different 'drive' in that regard...some want sex every day, and for others once a week or even once a month is enough. Is it reasonable to believe that our teens may also have unique and variable 'drives,' and that those with very high 'drives' might have a more difficult time 'holding out'? Also, how much do teens' peers influece their propensity to engage in sexual activity? If a teen hangs out with a brainy, nerdy, or ultra-religious 'good' crowd, are they less likely to become sexually active than if they are hanging out with more of a 'wild' crowd? What else do you think might affect this? Just curious to see what all your thoughts are--thanks!