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Teens and Older Partners

This edition of ReCAPP addresses the issue of teens with older partners. Most of the information on this topic was contributed by Michael Males, Ph.D., a professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of several books and numerous articles on teen sexuality.

Authored Paper

You will find Dr. Males' comprehensive and informative paper "Teens and Older Partners" under Current Research. In this paper, Dr. Males cites numerous studies and statistics to illustrate the fact that older adult partners are a crucial variable in what is called "teen" sexuality and childbearing. He goes on to discuss the issue from historical, socio-economic, and ethnic perspectives. He also examines the reasons why teens date and sometimes marry older partners as well as the consequences of that behavior. Numerous books, fact sheets, and articles are included as references at the end of the paper.

Specifically, the paper includes the following sections:


Journal Summary

A summary of a journal article entitled "Older Boyfriends and Girlfriends Increase Risk of Sexual Initiation in Young Adolescents" provides further data to support the premise that the age of partners is an important factor in the teen pregnancy prevention equation, one which needs to be addressed in interventions.


Learning Activity

This month's Learning Activity entitled "What's Your Advice? Adult Male — Teen Female Relationships" encourages youth to evaluate and advise on relationships between teens and adults. It is reprinted from the curriculum Unequal Partners: Teaching About Power and Consent in Adult-Teen and Other Relationships developed by Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey, Inc.