According to a 2017 CDC report, 40 percent of U.S. high school students have had sexual intercourse at least once, 10 percent of students had four or more sexual partners, 30 percent had had sex during the previous three months and of these, 46 percent did not use a condom the last time they had sex and 14 percent of those surveyed did not use any method of contraception.

These numbers add up to an inescapable conclusion: An enormous number of people—adolescents and children really—are making major life decisions without the benefit of the wisdom that comes with age.

Originally Published on Psychology Today

© Dr. Chris Gilbert, MD, PhD

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