1 in 10 Teens Have Same-Sex Experience

I read the headline earlier this week that 1 in 10 teens reports having sexual encounters with someone of the same sex. What I didn’t know until this morning is that the news story had reported incorrectly what the study actually said. Kevin DeYoung has done us all a service by actually consulting the study behind the report. Here’s what he found:

“The lesson in all this is, once again, to be wary of dubious data. It is not true that 1 in 10 teens have had a same-sex partner. What’s true is that around 4% of teens in New York who filled out a public health survey reported a same-sex experience, and that a not insignificant number of those experiences were forced in some way.

“Don’t believe everything you hear.”

Read the rest here.

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