Sexual- education programs can be made more effective by discussing the results of studies such as this one with young people and letting them make up their own minds about when to make a sexual debut. Although the results of this study matched what has been reported in previous studies—a linkage between early debut and both internalizing and externalizing behavior—the differences between early, normative, and late-debut adolescents largely disappeared by the time of the final wave, five or six years after high school. Participants who were already sexually active by Wave One were questioned about when their sexual debut had occurred. Faking it the first time only sets a precedent for you to keep on faking it. But does the age at which this sexual debut occurs make a difference in terms of later problems or benefits? In terms of gender differences, males who are early starters are more likely to be aggressive and prone to antisocial behavior than later starters. Set the pattern for many years of sex to come by using protection. Participants who dropped out of the study before their sexual debut or who were still not sexually active by Wave Seven were dropped from the analysis. Those in the 10th and 12th grades who are early starters tend to have higher levels of romantic appeal and report greater dating and sexual satisfaction. This is especially important for the female, as she is going to need clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm and to become lubricated enough to have sex. Although research into adult sexuality identifies a wide range of psychological benefits, including stress relief, good health , and lower mortality, extending this kind of research to adolescents is often controversial. The study also included some cause for concern. Both partners should be responsible for birth control and STI prevention. The advantage of a longitudinal study is that it allows researchers to follow participants over years to see changes that occur. Hispanic teens of both sexes were less likely to use contraceptives the first time they had sex. For that matter, what about the positive aspects of adolescent sex? News release, The Alan Guttmacher Institute.