(Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 14, 2019) – A new poll from Power to Decide, reveals parents are key influencers in young people’s decisions about love and intimate relationships.

Adults say their parents (32%) more than friends (25%) most influenced their decisions about intimate relationships as a teen.  In addition, more than one-third of respondents say that their parents—more than anyone else—most influenced their decisions about birth control.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents say that, as teens, they had someone to talk with about intimate relationships and birth control. Among those who had someone to talk to, 53% of respondents cited parents, 48% a friend and 23% a boyfriend or girlfriend. Most adult respondents (84%) considered themselves someone that a teen or younger person would trust to talk about s intimate relationships and birth control, yet only 69% said they have actually engaged in such a conversation.

May is Talking is Power Month, a national effort to spark meaningful conversations about love, intimate relationships, and contraception between young people and the champions and allies who care about them.

Power to Decide is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to ensure all people—no matter who they are, where they live or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.

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