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revised July 26, 2007
Student Health 2005: Gauging the health of Peel's youth

Arrow BulletSexual Health

Attitudes and practices related to sexual health are often developed during the teenage years. This section describes Peel students’ attitudes and beliefs about this topic.

  • High proportions of all students felt sexual intercourse was appropriate for committed relationships including marriage (69%) and long-term loving situations (62%). Only 9% of students felt sexual intercourse was appropriate after a single date.
  • Males (31%) were significantly more likely than females (26%) to have ever had sex. Grade 9 students were least likely to have ever had sexual intercourse (14%) but most likely to have not used any birth control or protection during sex (32%).
  • One in every four (26%) students in grades 9 to 12 had had sexual intercourse in the last 12 months. Close to two-thirds (62%) of sexually-active students were 15 years of age or younger when they first had sex.
  • One in every four (25%) sexually-active students who reported they had sexual intercourse in the last 12 months had sex when they really did not want to. Forty per cent of sexually-active students were sometimes or always high or drunk when they had sex.
  • Forty-two per cent of sexually-active students reported they had only had sex with one person in their lifetime. However, one-third (34%) of students reported they had three or more sexual partners in their lifetime. Females (48%) were significantly more likely than males (36%) to report they had had sexual intercourse with only one person in their lifetime while males (27%) were significantly more likely than females (19%) to report they had four or more sexual partners in their lifetime.

Chapter 6 - Sexual Health (PDF 89KB, 19 pages)


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