The Cook County Department of Public Health united with Children’s Memorial Hospital’s Child Health Data Lab to survey teenagers in suburban Cook County in the fall of 2010. The data regarding the survey has been made public.
The survey was about sexual activity, carrying weapons, and smoking, among other issues. The results, which reflect 1,718 students in some-20 public high schools, show that 37% of students said they have had sexual intercourse. 61% of these students were African-American, 49% were Hispanic or Latino, and 24% were White.
While a spokesperson for the Health Department believes more comprehensive sex education is needed in schools, others claim the lessons to be taught regarding sex and morality need to come from parents at home.
Additionally, 14% of young men admitted carrying a weapon in the past month, and 12% of the surveyed high school students consider themselves to be smokers.
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Sources: Cook County Department of Public Health, Fox