Language: English French. Apparent changes in adolescent sexual behaviours have led to debate in recent years. In October , on-line interviews were conducted by Ipsos Reid Ipsos Canada with Canadian teenagers 14 to 17 years of age and mothers of teenagers. Twenty-seven per cent of teens were sexually active at a mean age of 15 years, with an average of 2. Teens and mothers overestimated the percentages of teens sexually active at any age.
Sex and sexual health: A survey of Canadian youth and mothers
Health Reports: Trends in teen sexual behaviour and condom use: Fingdings
Author: Canadian Living. The stats are clear. More than 80 per cent of North Americans have their first sexual intercourse as teenagers. It's a major step into adulthood and one that a teen should feel comfortable discussing with his parents. But few do feel comfortable. Many kids even say they're reluctant because their parents are too serious about sex or take too long to answer their questions.
Reports shed light on teen sex
Adolescent sexuality in Canada is not as well documented as adolescent sexuality in the United States ; despite the proximity of the two nations, Canada has its own unique culture and generalizations about Canadian adolescent sexuality based on American research can be misleading. Canadian data on sexual health is scarce; therefore, trend analysis and international comparisons are limited. However, challenges such as sexually transmitted infections , homophobia and inadequate sexual health education persist.
The authors do not have any real, potential or perceived conflicts of interest to disclose. No honorarium, grant, or other form of payment was given to anyone to produce this article. Formal sexual education is a mandatory component of the high school curriculum in most Canadian provinces. The present study was a preliminary assessment of sexual knowledge among a sample of Ontario adolescents who had completed their high school sexual education requirements. A questionnaire, testing understanding of the learning objectives of Ontario's minimally required high school sexual education course, was distributed in a paediatric emergency department to adolescent patients who had completed the course.