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Depression - Teenage Girls and Sex

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 Depression - Teenage Girls and Sex

Teenage girls who are sexually active are twice as likely to feel guilt or low-esteem which could lead to depression

Young girls who are sexually active are far more likely to suffer from depression than those who remain virgins, according to a controversial new study. As reported in The Daily Mail. Following a study of more than 14,000 adolescents aged between 14 and 17, researchers said that these feelings could be directly ascribed to sexual activity, rather than outside influences.

U.S. government-funded National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, based at the University of North Carolina:

It found that having sex apparently doubled the chances of girls becoming depressed, with 19 per cent of those who had sex exhibiting major symptoms of depression, compared with 9.2 per cent who had not had sex.

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