Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


I wanna hold your hand: helping young people prepare for happy healthy relationships

12 July 2019

A new study led by Professor Yvonne Kelly from UCL’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, investigates what kinds of intimate behaviour 14 year-olds engage in, and asks how this insight can help to ensure young people are well prepared for adult relationships

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We know teenagers experiment with intimacy, often moving ‘up’ the scale from hand-holding or kissing to more explicitly sexual activity. But we also know teenage pregnancy numbers have been dropping in recent years. And our new study suggests that fewer young teenagers are actually having sexual intercourse than some might previously have thought. Read more