A student’s decision on whether or not to engage in sexual activity is often heavily influenced by society and peer pressure without much consideration given toward the consequences that may result. According to DoSomeThing.org, a study in 2006 indicated that teen pregnancy was on the rise in the United States for the first time in 15 years. In addition to pregnancy college students are also at risk to be infected with sexually transmitted diseases; the American Social Health Organization states that “one out of four teens in the United States becomes infected with an STD each year and by the age of 25, half of all sexually active young adults will get an STD.” These consequences have a large impact on students’ health, self esteem, and overall well being which will ultimately impact their success in college. Gaining an awareness about sexual health, emotional considerations, and possible risks are integral in assisting today’s college student with the information necessary to make informed decisions relating to whether or not to engage in sexual activity.
Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Coffee, Kyanna and Smith, Alisha, "Students' Perceptions About Sex [brochure and video]" (2010). Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals (CNS 577). Paper 3.