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Teens who grow up in stable families, who communicate with their parents about sex, and who are more connected to their schools are more likely to delay involvement in sexual activity, whereas those who engage in delinquent activities, or who have higher levels of externalizing behaviors (acting out), have an increased risk of early sexual activity. A variety of programs and policies--including comprehensive family life education, access to contraceptive care, early childhood programs, and youth development programs--have been linked to both delays in age at first sex, as well as engagement in healthier sexual behaviors among those who have had sex.
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