Change Indicator

Teen sexual activity by risk factor in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students were asked if they have ever had sexual intercourse, if they wore a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse (among those who have had sex), and if they drank alcohol or use drugs before they had sexual intercourse the last time (among those who have had sex). In 2017, of those that report an emotional disability 60% had sex, compared to students who reported no disability only 40% reported having had sex

Adolescence is a time often associated with risk-taking or sensation seeking behavior. Risk-taking is viewed as a means of asserting independence and defining/developing personalities. Parents play a critical role in helping their children engage in healthy risk-taking (i.e., playing sports, making new friends, volunteering) and avoiding negative, unhealthy risk-taking (i.e., substance use and abuse, sexual activity, violence).
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Definition and Source



S: Data Suppressed
NA: Data not available

Data Source

Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware 


Not sure includes I describe my sexual identity some other way, I am not sure about my sexual identity (questioning), and I am not sure what this question is asking. These options were added in 2021.

In past years, multi racial and other were separated. By combining them, fewer numbers are suppressed.

Last Updated

January 2023