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Disturbed youngsters have early sex: Study

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MELBOURNE — A new study has found that young men and women who have a disturbed childhood are more likely to start having intercourse before the age of 16.

The long term study of around 2,900 Australian youngsters focused on the kids’ self-reported sexual decisions. The report published in the journal Pediatrics.

The group found that by the age of 17, around 45 percent of the boys and 51 percent of the girls already had experienced sex.

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The study also found that boys — yet not girls — who are socially anxious or withdrawn likewise had a tendency to engage in sexual relations at an early age.

“Such behavior problems in boys as adolescent as five and in girl as young as 10 can be used to precisely predict early start of sex,” the researchers said.

One in five boys and one in four girls said they have engaged in sexual relations for the first time before 16, most at 15 years old.

Boys who showed aggressive behavior by the age of five and eight proved twice as likely to have intercourse at an early age.

The results show that for some children, parents may need to start discussing sex at an early age to help them make right decisions, researchers suggested.

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Now, age 10-24 is the new adolescence period: Lancet study

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Gradual changes in biological growth and social role transitions — coupled with delayed marriage and parenthood — have pushed back the period of adolescence between ages 10-24 rather than the previously known 10-19 years, according to a study,conducted by Lancet.

The study, published in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Friday, revealed that an early puberty has accelerated the onset of adolescence in nearly all populations, while understanding of continued growth has lifted its endpoint age well into the 20s.

The past century has seen drastic changes in the definition of adolescence, which encompasses elements of biological growth and major social role transitions.

“Rather than age 10-19 years, a definition of 10-24 years corresponds more closely to adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase and would facilitate extended investments across a broader range of settings,” said study lead author Susan M Sawyer from the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

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As a result of lifestyle changes, genetics and environmental factors, early puberty for girls at age 8-10 is the new ‘normal’.

While menstruation is a natural process, an early puberty results in various health issues, like depression and behavioural issues as well as the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

Similarly, young adults continuing their education for longer period, delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins.

“The transition period from childhood to adulthood now occupies a greater portion of the life course than ever before at a time when unprecedented social forces, including marketing and digital media, are affecting health and well-being across these years,” Sawyer noted.

An expanded and more inclusive definition of adolescence is essential for developmentally appropriate framing of laws, social policies and service systems, the researchers added.

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