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Thursday, December 22, 2011

UMass professor Amy Schalet talks with US and Dutch parents about their teenagers and sex

Amy Schalet
(Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)
Schalet, the author of "Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex," photographed at UMass on Dec. 15.

By Kate Tuttle Globe Correspondent / December 22, 2011
Amy Schalet was born in America but raised in the Netherlands. When she returned to the US for college in the early ’90s, she noticed some big differences between her two countries.

“One was that the teen pregnancy rates were still very high here,’’ Schalet says. “Growing up in Holland I had never heard of that - of a teenager getting pregnant.’’

The statistics continue to bear out the cultural differences: In 2006, only 14 out of 1,000 Dutch girls age 15-19 became pregnant, compared with over 60 American girls per 1,000 in the same year.



UMass professor Amy Schalet talks with US and Dutch parents about their teenagers and sex

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