A new nationwide look at data on masturbation among teens in the United States found that children often do about girls, and they also tend to start earlier.
In addition, teen masturbation seems to be associated with other types of behavior, including a greater likelihood of having sex with a partner and increasing the use of condoms.
This finding is based on an analysis of 2009 data on sexual behavior that involved more than 800 adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17 years, in response to the National Survey of Health and Sexual Behavior (NSSHB, for its acronym in English ).
Dr. Cynthia L. wrote. “Today there is a lot of interest in teenage sex, but few studies have focused on masturbation,” said Rubens, of the Department of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University in Indianapolis. “Many teenage boys and girls are masturbating, and between masturbation and sexually active adolescents is related to other sexual behaviors and the use of condoms,” he said.
“It is important to realize that masturbation is an important and natural element of adolescent sexual growth,” Robbins added.
His team published their findings online on August 1 in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
With the permission of the parents, NSSHB asked male and female adolescents (as well as their adult parents) to remember how many times they had used them in the last three months during the past year and throughout their lives. Respondents were asked how many times they had spent alone with a sexual partner. The use of condoms was also observed.
Results: Children found masturbation more than girls, either in general or in all measured time frames.
For example, while almost three quarters of the children surveyed reported having practiced masturbation, this figure is a little less than half of the girls.
For both sexes, the probability of participating in masturbation seems to increase with age. Among children aged 14 to 17, the proportion of those who adopted them at least once increased from 63 to 80 percent. According to the report, among girls, these figures were lower, but continue to rise, from 43% to 58% in the same period.
However, while children are more likely to say they have used “recently” as they get older (from 43% at age 14 to almost 68% in children 17 and under) the same observation did not intersect with the girls .
Children also participate more in masturbation than girls: almost half of the children said they participated in the activity at least twice a week, but that figure fell to around 23% among girls. It is estimated that 46 percent of girls benefit from masturbation only several times a year.
In addition, for both boys and girls, masturbation was associated with greater chances of having sex with a partner, compared to adolescents who did not masturbate. For boys, masturbation was associated with higher probabilities of oral sex and vaginal intercourse, while for girls it was associated with higher oral sex, partner masturbation, vaginal intercourse and anal intercourse.
Finally, the researchers found that the use of condoms was associated with masturbation among these children (but not with the girls) who also entered into vaginal intercourse.
“The association of masturbation with other sexual behaviors suggests that masturbation is an important element in adolescent sexuality and not an isolated or transitory phenomenon,” conclude Robbins and his team. In this sense, they urge the education of adolescents and assure them that the act is a “normal” part of growth.
Alan Hilver, director of psychology at Memons Medical Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, said he supported the idea that teens should be encouraged to develop a vision of masturbation without fear or anxiety.
“It goes without saying that we should help and feel comfortable with adolescents, boys and girls, and we must understand that when we do it, there is a gender difference, because girls, better or worse, are much more reserved than boys. the theme and the act “. .
“This means, of course, that in terms of the main result that teenagers are involved in this more than girls, I do not feel surprised or surprised,” Hilfer added. “I think testosterone is an important factor among children, and I think it’s more socially acceptable among peer groups to talk and participate in. It’s become more acceptable among girls, but historically, and even today, it’s something that every more children do. ”