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Teenagers can be helped to behave responsibly

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1420
  1. Philip Graham
  1. 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 …

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