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The Michigan-Friday, March 13, 1981-Page 3

Teen-agers more
sexually active,
study reports

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NEW YORK (AP)-Teen-agers are
becoming more, sexually active and
teen-age pregnancies are increasing as
a result, despite a rise in use of con-
traceptives, according to a study
published yesterday.
But the report, a compilation of some
100 existing studies involving thousands
of teen-agers, contended that the in-
creased availability of contraception
and abortion has helped reduce births
among teen-agers.
BY ASE 19, four out of five males and
two out of three females have had'
sexual intercourse, with the average
age for the first sexual experience 16,
according to the study by the Alan Gut-
tmacher Institute.
It said that even though more teen-
agers than ever before are using birth
control, nearly two-thirds of teen-age
girls said they either never used con-
traception or did so only erratically,
and 51 percent said they did not think
they could get pregnant, the report
'said.
The report, entitled "Teen-age
Pregnancy: The Problem That Hasn't
Gone Away," projected that unless
current trends are reversed, four of
every 10 girls aged 14 will become
pregnant at least once during their
'teen-age years. Half of those would give
birth and the rest would either have
abortions 'or miscarriages, the report
said.
THE REPORT BY the non-profit
research and education agency and
Planned Parenthood affilitate
estimated that the number of sexually
active teen-agers increased by two-
thirds in the 1970s.
"The increase was most dramatic
among whites-especially those aged 15
to 17, whose rate of sexual activity

doubled," the report said. "Between
the middle of the decade and the end,
the increase in teen-age sexual activity
was entirely accounted for by un-
married whites.
" .In the early 1970s, race, socio-
economic status, , residence and
religious affiliation were all related to
age at first intercourse. But many of
these distinctions are beginning to
disappear as premarital sexual activity
increases among all elements of the
teen-age population," the report said.
AMONG THE report's findings were:
* Between 1970 and 1978, the birth
rate among teen-agers aged 18 to 19
declined 29 percent; for 15-to-17-year-
olds, the rate declined 15 percent. There
was no decline for those under 15.
" A rise from 10 percent to 11 percent
of all teen-age girls who became
pregnant between 1973 to 1978.
* A jump in the percentage of
premaritally sexually active girls aged
15 to 19 using contraceptives from 28.7
percent in 1976 to 34.2 percent in 1979.'
" A total of 1.1 million teen-age
pregnancies in 1978 of which one-third
were unintended and 434,000 or 38 per-
cent were terminated in abortion;
362,000 or 22 percent ended in out-of-
wedlock births; 192,000 or 10 percent
resulted in births legitimized by
marriage; and the remainder ended in
miscarriage.
" Half of the teens use no birth control
method when they begin having sex and
most who seek a medical method from
a clinic do so nine months or more after
initiating intercourse.
* The overwhelming majority of
Americans favor sex education in the
schools, but only four in 10 teen students
get any kind of sex education in schools
and just three in 10 are taught anything
about birth control.

Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
ALI MAZRUI, DIRECTOR of the University's Center for Afro-American
Studies, delivers the keynote address at last night's public forum examining
strategies for the University to cope with its financial crisis. Mazrui com-
pared the University to the ailing American auto industry and warned that
cuts would endanger the University's diversity.
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-HAPPENINGS-ILM
FILMS
Cinema II - Anna Christie, 7 p.m., Susan Lennox: Her Fall and Rise, 9
p.m., Angell Aud. A.
Cinema Guild - The 29th Ann Arbor Film Festival, 7, 9, 11 p.m., Michigan
Theatre.
Gargoyle Films - Terror of Tiny Town, 7, 9:40 p.m., 100 Hutchins Hall.
AAFC - Halloween, 7, 10:20 p.m., Martin, 8:40 p.m., Lorch Hall Aud.
Mediatrics - Singin' in the Rain, 7, 9:15 p.m., MLB 4.
Thai Student Association , Wizards, 6, 7:45, 9:15, 11 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
SPEAKERS
Philosophy - Symposium, Gilbert Harman, "Morality and Utopia," 2
p.m., Nicholas Sturgeon, "Brandt's Moral Empiricism," 3:30 p.m., MLB
Room 2.
Natural Resources - Charles Bingham, "The Shifting Regional Scene -
West vs. South."
Michigan Astrofest - Lecture, Jim Loudon, "Free Flight of the Space
Shuttle," 7:30 p.m., MLB Aud. 3.
PERFORMANCES
Canterbury Loft - The Caretaker, 8 p.m., 332 S. State.
PTP / Theatre and Drama - All the Way Home, 8 p.m., Trueblood
Theatre.
AMC Productions - Multi-media rock concert, Everything's Turning
Gray, 8 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre.
The Ark - Rosalie Sorrels, 1421 Hill Street.
Guild House - Dunbar's Bremen, 802 Monroe.
School of Music - Recital and Master class, 8 p.m., School of Music
J Recital Hall.
MISCELLANEOUS
Rackham - Alice and Edith Hamilton Award Ceremony, 4 p.m.
Rackham Amphitheatre.
Naul - H. Romijin Meyer, "Readings of his work, short stories," 8 p.m.,
International Center.
International Folk Dance club - workshop taught by Dennis Boxell,
CCRB Activities Room.
Extension Service - Stress in the University workshops, Michigan Union.
Recreational Sports - International Recreation Program, 8-11 p.m., Spor-
ts Coliseum.
University Duplicate Bridge Club - Open pairs club championship, 7:30
p.m., Henderson Room, Michigan League.
To submit items for the Happenings Column, send them in care of;
Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI., 48109.
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and better'
Criticized
at forum
(Continued from Page 1)
Two students expressed their
frustrations over the lack of student
participation in the LSA budget cut
process. Geography graduate student
Margaret Wilder said the review was
like "some kind of trial" that left her
questions unanswered.
"WE ASKED direct questions; we
got indirect answers," said Wilder, who
is working toward her doctorate in
geography.
LSA-Student Government former
president Dan Solomon urged the
students to demand participation in the
decision making process instead of ac-
cepting advisory roles in the procedure,
saying that the administration was
'afraid to be challenged.''
Rosenberg also touched on the'effects
budget cuts would have on. the quality of
the teaching staff at the University,
saying that the cuts could tie junior
staff to teaching roles with no
possibility of promotion or opportunity
to do research.
Rosenberg also said he was concer-
ned with the heavy emphasis on resear-
ch and the effects of outside money on
University programs, and said he
thought the University should "not be
concerning itself with offering goods
that those with money may want to
buy.
Shapiro commented on Rosenberg's
remarks, saying he did not think "We
are a research institution first and a
teaching institution second."
Keynote speaker Ali Mazrui, the
director of the University Center for
Afro-American Studies, likened the
budget cutting process to the economy
measures being introduced to the
automobile industry.
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