Parents worry that their children are growing up too fast, especially when it comes to sex. In an effort to discover the long-term effects of early sexual encounters on romantic relationships in adulthood, Psychological Scientist Paige Harden conducted a study using data from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health. She looked at information gathered from 1,659 same-sex siblings who were followed from age 16 to age 29. First sexual encounters were divided into three groups: 1) Early (younger than 15). 2) On-Time (age 15 to 19). 3) Later (older than 19). While early and on-time encounters didn’t necessarily hurt future relationships, later encounters provided many benefits for future romantic relationships.
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