Researchers: ‘Promiscuity Can Be Predicted At Nine’

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From The Australian
By Tamara McLean

SEXUALLY risky and promiscuous behaviour in teenagers can be predicted in children as young as nine, new research shows.

A study which tracked children for the first 16 years of life has found a clear link between aggressive and delinquent behaviour in children and adolescents who have frequent, unprotected sex.

"It seems you can predict very early on, as young as nine, if children are more likely to become risky and promiscuous sexually as young teenagers," said Australian researcher Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck from Griffith University.

"That means there's a much longer pathway to sexual risk-taking than we thought."

The researcher was part of a US team that followed 167 young people to gauge the level of risky sexual activity, and to find out how it can be predicted.

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Tango’s Take
“That Robert, he’s always humping stuff.” This study is likely common sense and science seeing eye-to-eye again. Rebellious kids are more likely to eat sugar cereals, ignore their parents’ wise advice and mature into adolescents who drink sugary soda and … well, you get the point. “Why do the grown-ups want to keep us away from drugs, sex, alcohol, cigarettes and riding bicycles without a helmet? Because it’s fun.” Granted that experience is the best teacher, maybe the next best would be to have some really unsavory individuals give these kids lectures on the evils of unprotected sex while high on cheap biker crank. We do know that the best solution doesn’t involve making condoms harder to find than weapons of mass destruction.

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