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Unwanted Sex Appears Common in Some Teen Relationships

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Teens and Unwanted Sex

Many adolescent girls report being threatened or pressured by their partners into having sex, potentially increasing their risk for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancies, according to an article in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Unwanted sex in the form of coercion and rape can harm mental and physical health and has been linked to depression, anxiety disorders, unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to background information in the article. This type of sexual pressure or force can occur in a wide range of relationships, from those in which partners have just met to long-term partnerships.

Margaret J. Blythe, M.D., and colleagues at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, conducted two to 10 interviews with 279 female adolescents (average age 15.9 years, range 14 to 17 years; 88.5 percent African-American) over the course of 27 months. At each interview, the participants were tested for