Teen Boys Use Alcohol For Sex
A new study shows that boys use alcohol to get girls to have sex with them. Somebody give me some grant money to show the already obvious about teens, alcohol and sexual health.
The study looked at sexual attitudes of 14 to 16-year-olds and researchers say it showed big differences in the way boys and girls look at sex.
"Mark Hayter, who was part of the team, said: “Male and female attitudes clearly differed. The girls’ responses were more empathic and complex because they face more complex social pressures when it comes to having sex. The young men on the other hand appeared to follow behavior patterns that included pressuring girls to have sex, often with the use of alcohol."
The team used focus groups to study the attitudes of 35 youngsters who had gone to nurse-led sexual health outreach clinics for contraception.
Dr Hayter said: “In one of the boys’ focus groups there was even a suggestion that it was OK for a boy to force his girlfriend to have sex and the group started trying to differentiate between ’just a bit of pressure’ and ’proper rape’.”
"He went on: 'The girls who took part in our focus groups were more likely to see their partner’s point of view and were more aware of the complex nature of relationships than the boys.'"
The teenagers taking part attended clinics in areas of high teenage pregnancy rates.
The participants were presented with a series of scenarios to discuss – a girl and a boy both reluctant to have sex, a girl who had had a number of partners and a girl who felt pressured to have sex because her friends had paired off with two boys leaving her with a third.
The team conceded that the focus group situation could have encouraged the boys and girls to conform to stereotypical behavior but pointed out how, in the real world, teenagers’ behavior is shaped by the sort of peer pressure displayed during the sessions.
"Dr Hayter said: "Studies from the USA, Europe and Asia all indicate that adolescence is a time of sexual vulnerability. The UK certainly reflects this trend and has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies and STIs in Europe. In some areas it is common to see pregnancy rates of up to 19 per 1000 in the 13-16 age group. Providing information and contraception is only one element of promoting sexual health.'"
"We also noticed that the boys often used aggressive language about relationships - an element that was missing from the girls’ focus groups. For example, they suggested that a girlfriend who slept around would probably pay a physical price and that using tactics like getting a girl drunk were acceptable."