National Survey of Family Growth

Key Statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth - T Listing

 

Teenagers

Percentage of never-married teenagers 15-19 years of age who have ever had sexual intercourse, by age and sex

T Listing Tables
2015-2017
Female Male
15-19 years of age 41.6% (3.07) 37.5% (2.96)
    15-17 years of age     23.6% (3.31)     23.1% (3.05)
    18-19 years of age     65.3% (4.22)     58.7% (4.40)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Percentage of females and males aged 15-19 years by type of relationship with partner at first sexual intercourse

T Listing Tables
2015-2017
Females Males
Cohabiting, engaged or married   0.8% (0.51)   0.5% (0.27)
Going steady 74.6% (3.19) 48.5% (3.73)
Going out once in a while   4.1% (1.15) 16.7% (3.05)
Had just met/just friends 15.8% (2.85) 29.9% (3.50)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Percent distribution of females and males aged 18 – 24 years who had sexual intercourse before age 20 by how much their first sexual intercourse was wanted:

T Listing Tables
2015-2017
Females Males
“I really didn’t want it to happen at the time”   5.4% (0.95)   5.1% (1.25)
“I had mixed feelings–part of me wanted it to happen at the time and part of me didn’t” 51.2% (3.15) 24.2% (2.3)
“I really wanted it to happen at the time” 43.4% (3.01) 70.8% (2.84)

Note: This question was asked in ACASI only of adult respondents ages 18-49 and is shown here for respondents ages 18-24 who had first sexual intercourse before age 20.

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Page last reviewed: November 6, 2019