Premarital Sex

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Premarital Sex

What are the consequences of premarital sex? How does it affect children who are born out of wedlock? Should there be consequences for having children out of wedlock? These questions plague America today as more and more people choose to disregard long-standing social traditions of abstaining from sex until marriage. Since the Sexual Revolution, attitudes about sex have changed dramatically. Gone are the days when it was a social norm to marry and then have sex which naturally led to having children. The number of traditional families (husband and wife with children) is declining as more and more people seem to discover the joy of sex for its own sake. For much of human history, sex was generally seen as having one
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One thing is for certain, the desire to procreate lurks in all of our brains. Many of the things we do are because of a psychological mandate to reproduce, yet we have discovered we can “have the milk without buying the cow.” We are rewiring the pleasure centers in our brains to respond to the physical aspects of sex and seem to be disregarding the emotional aspects. This has some ramifications. It is common knowledge that children of single mothers have higher rates of antisocial behavior, aggression, anxiety, and school problems than children in two parent families. Children of single mothers are more likely to feel inferior to children of “normal” families and feel rejected or unwanted; all of which can have detrimental effects on their psychological development. Single-mother homes are more likely to fall below the poverty line which can result in health problems, including a lack of health insurance. Children from single-parent families are more likely to marry early, have children early, and get divorced themselves. Girls are at greater risk of becoming single mothers as a result of premarital childbearing or divorce. (McLanahan and Booth, 1989, as cited in Robbins & McFadden, 2003). In contrast, research has shown that children of divorce tend to adjust and recover and experience no severe problems or long-term effects (Coontz, 1998). It would seem that many of the problems faced by children of single mothers stem more from the poverty many single

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