By Eric Spitznagel. January 11, pm Updated January 14, pm. Mason, a former college football player from suburban Milwaukee, was almost 20 years old when he lost his virginity. For Mason, the simple act of kissing was something he largely avoided in high school, afraid that without enough experience he would do it wrong. When he went to college he met a girl, Jeannie, who invited him back to her dorm room to fool around. Over the span of two years, Orenstein spoke to hundreds of boys across the United States, ranging in age from their early teens to mids and spanning all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious beliefs and even sexual orientations. According to the latest data by the General Social Survey, men between the ages of 18 and 29 are having less sex than ever; the number of abstinent men has nearly tripled in the last decade, from 10 percent in to 28 percent last year.
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There are limited contextual data regarding first sexual experiences of younger adolescent men. Yet these data that are needed to inform STI and early fatherhood prevention efforts, particularly in lower income communities. Using qualitative methods, 14 adolescent men ages 14—16, all low income, most African American from a mid-sized U. Story-telling was encouraged. Descriptions of first sex were identified, and then analysed for narrative structure and shared concepts. Mentorship, initiation by the female, and idealising sex as a romantic experience, played important roles in constructing the context of first sex. These factors should be incorporated in harm-reduction interventions for young men in similar contexts. First sexual experiences are considered particularly salient by both adolescents and researchers Lewin ; Cooksey, Mott and Neubauer ; Rebello and Gomes Traeen and Kvalem Holland et al. Studies have examined individual factors such as ethnicity, school record, career ambition and substance abuse, family factors such as parental living arrangement, maternal education, parental communication and parental involvement; and peer factors such as peer pressure and relationship status Mott et al. Even though these studies describe contributing factors, they are not able to capture immediate context, motivation, and perceptions of early sexual experiences.