For Teens, Parents Remain Key Influencers, but Trusted Adults Have an Important Role to Play

Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) adults consider themselves someone that a younger person would come to as a trusted source of information.

Teens consistently say that parents most influence their decisions about relationships and sex, but according to new data released today by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, there is a broader role for 20-somethings and other trusted adults to positively influence young people’s decisions about sex, love, and relationships.

According to a new, nationally representative survey of more than 2,000 adults age 18-65 released during Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, more than 90% of those surveyed agree that young people should have a trusted adult or network—such as a peer or community group, a club or team, or a mentor—to provide them with information and guidance on sensitive topics. Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) adults consider themselves someone that a younger person would come to as a trusted source of information.

“Today’s survey results show how important a trusted adult, such as a parent, aunt, or older sibling, can play a positive and influential role in the lives of young people,” said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “Teens are listening, and in today’s world which is full of many complexities, young people, now more than ever, want and need a trusted network that provides positive guidance about sex, love, and relationships.”

Confidence in being a trusted adult—and experience with providing counsel to young people on issues like sex, love, and relationships—tends to increase with age. The youngest respondents, those 18-34, considered themselves the least likely to be a trusted source of information on sensitive topics….

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