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The article I selected was recently published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The news article wanted to show a direct relationship between high school students that engaged first in oral sex, then in vaginal intercourse. The news article stated that over 600 California high school students participated in the survey twice a year from ninth grade up to the end of the 11th grade year.
The funding for this survey came from grants from The National Institute of Child and Human development and the William T Grant Foundation. The researcher behind the survey was Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Feisher from the University of California. Students enrolled at the University of California helped compile all data used in the survey.
The participants in the study were 1180 ninth grade students from two different California high schools. All students at the school were given an overview of the study and consent forms, any student that wished to participate had to have their parents consent before they were able to participate. Of the 1180 students, 665 returned completed consent forms, and of these only 580 participated in both surveys; the initial and then the following survey.
The students completed a self-administered questionnaire that inquired about their sexual experiences; orally and vaginal. Questions also pertained to how fellow classmates perceived students who engaged in sex, and how many of their classmates they think are engaging in oral compared to vaginal sex. All surveys were completed while the students were in class, and representatives from the study were available to answer any questions throughout the surveys.
The study claimed that 19.6% of students have had oral sex, while only 13.5% have had vaginal sex. After a six month period, the same students were surveyed and the study found that 31.5% had engaged in oral sex, while 26.3% had engaged in vaginal sex. The survey could suggest that students that first engage in oral sex use it as a...