October 30, 2002
About one-third of the 505 teens interviewed by telephone reported that they had done "something sexual" in a casual relationship, including 14 percent who said they had had sexual intercourse. One- third said they had sexual intercourse in a committed relationship.
According to the survey by SexSmarts, a partnership between the Kaiser Family Foundation and Seventeen magazine, while 26 percent of surveyed teens said that oral sex was part of a dating relationship, 23 percent said that oral sex was typical of a casual relationship, or "hooking up." Twenty-seven percent said dating relationships "almost always" or "most of the time" included sexual intercourse, while 24 percent said intercourse was usually part of a casual relationship. Kissing was also described as part of a more committed relationship.
Cheating on a boyfriend or girlfriend was common, said nearly one-quarter of teens. Respondents said they were less likely to use condoms if they were in a serious relationship.
The findings are published in the October issue of Seventeen.