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New study on teen sex and grades in school

Los Angeles: There’s good news for parents who worry that their teenagers’ sex lives are affecting their school performance: A provocative new study has found that teens in committed relationships do no better or worse in school than those who don’t have sex.

But the same isn’t true for teens who “hook up”. Researchers found that those who have casual flings get lower grades and have more school-related problems compared with those who abstain.

The findings, presented today at a meeting of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta, challenge to some extent assumptions that sexually active teens tend to do poorer in school.

It’s not so much whether a teen has sex that determines academic success, the researchers say, but the type of sexual relationship they’re engaged in. Teens in serious relationships may find social and emotional support in their sex partners, reducing their anxiety and stress levels in life and in school. Read more at…

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