Benefits of Waiting

Research shows that teens who wait to have sex increase their chances for a happier marriage, more stable future family, increased personal responsibility, and productive citizenship.

Delayed sexual debut often:

  • Increases academic achievement
  • Promotes better physical and psychological health including less depression
  • Produces less risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and drugs
  • Discourages involvement in delinquent behavior
  • Develops better self-efficacy and self-regulation skills and
  • Increases financial net worth.  (Individuals are less likely to live in poverty.)