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Premarital sex has increased, survey finds

A study at a Southern Baptist college finds that the percentage of students reporting premarital sexual intercourse increased dramatically between 1984 and 1991.

M.B. Fletcher, psychology professor at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., said male students reporting premarital intercourse increased from 55 percent in 1984 to 70 percent in 1991.

He said his study showed an even sharper increase among females, with the percentage reporting sexual experience rising from 27 percent in 1984 to 53 percent in 1991. He said the study indicated sexual intercourse first occurs among adolescents about age 17, in their junior or senior years in high school.

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