Teenage Sex Leads To Higher Divorce Rates
I was watching television the other day with my three-year-old daughter Katie in my lap, as usual, and a Subaru commercial came on. The dad was giving this little girl last minute safe driving instructions and then the keys, as she turns into a 16-year-old out for her first solo drive.
Boy did that trigger thoughts as I mentally raced ahead to that moment in my life. Then a lot of other father and daughter first moments as well, like the birds and the bees.
So that was on my mind, as well as a decade of future cold sweat, when I came upon some important statistic from a University of Iowa study on teen sex and future divorce rates.
The University found that 31 percent of women who had sex for the first time as teens divorced within five years of getting married, and 47 percent divorced within 10 years. By comparison, the divorce rate for women who waited to have sex had a much lower rate, being 15 percent at five years, and 27 percent at 10 years. At last some real extra ammunition for the “talk” waiting ten years down the road. Maybe you can use it with your daughter now.