La Trobe University, recently, released its most recent edition of the Teen Sexual Health Survey. The survey has been released at regular intervals since 1992 and is the most reliable source of information tracking changing trends in adolescent sexual attitudes and behaviour.
The survey is conducted with over 2000 students from government, Catholic and independent schools across Australia and is a resource for parents, teachers, other professionals working in reproductive health. This year’s survey was the first to ask students in detail about their use of social media.
Some of the findings of the survey include that:
- 50 per cent expressed significant dissatisfaction with sex education in schools.
- 25 per cent reported an experience of unwanted sex of some kind.
- 54 per cent of students reported receiving sexually explicit text messages and 26 per cent reported sending sexually explicit photos of themselves (higher among sexually active students).
The full report is available for download here http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2014/release/teen-sexual-health-survey-launched
Parents, teachers and professionals need to keep in mind that research such as this presents general findings but it is important to keep in mind that each young person is a unique individual.