Teenagers can be helped to behave responsiblyBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7043.1420 (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1420
- Philip Graham
- Chair National Children's Bureau, London EC1V 7QE
EDITOR,—Sue Stuart-Smith's editorial on teenage sex contains several confusing statements.1 Most of the editorial deals with underage sex, but conclusions are generalised to all teenagers. A prepubescent 13 year old is not the same as a physically mature 19 year old, yet they are both teenagers.
To explain the fact that young people fail to take preventive measures when they have intercourse Stuart-Smith suggests that they are cognitively immature, lacking in the capacity …