Couple intimacy is very special, and allows partners to know each other on a deeper level. Adolescents are usually discouraged from engaging in having sexual intimacy because of the unfounded fear that they may fall into deviant sexual behaviors. Clearly, young adults should be better educated about protecting themselves.
Because a couple shares something special through intimacy, it is very important to having a relationship.
Intimacy allows communication and understanding to develop in a deeper level between partners. Sexual interaction is the physical expression part of intimacy. The physical expression leads to a more meaningful relationship and gives a more in depth knowledge of each other.
While physical interaction is important to a relationship, it is often not acceptable between young adults. Instead, adolescents are encouraged to practice abstinence because of the belief that they will develop deviant behavior through these sexual interactions.
Through a recent study of twins, this idea was put to the challenge. Three significant points were reported on, during a course of seven years in their lives. Twins were chosen so that there wasn’t a large disparity in the variables affecting the accuracy of the findings.
They study found that contrary to popular belief; adolescents did not develop odd or deviant sexual behaviors after having early sexual experiences and went on to normal ways of life.
Because of the belief that teens have sex as a way to defy their parents is likely the reason that physical interactions between them was seen as deviant sexual behavior. There is the assumption that adolescents will carry on with this defiance in order to disappoint and perhaps shock their parents.
The emotional bonds for adolescents, engaging in early sexual habits, may be short-lived but the connections do exist.
These results are in no way a push for teens to have sex. The dangers of adolescent sex unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases is too great. The key to dealing with this issue is educating teens on how to protect themselves when engaging in sexual intimacy.