Women dating older men statistics
Second, a practical factor includes the greater financial and physical independence of older teen men and adult men in their 20s.Both studies and personal stories indicate that compared to school-age boys, older men tend to have more money, a car, a place to live, access to adult privileges, no responsibility to parents or family rules, and other lifestyle attributes younger girls may find appealing.Third, older men, on average, may be seen by younger women as more mature and experienced with life and with women, having had prior relationships and lived outside their parents' homes.These features in particular can exert strong appeal on younger women who are impoverished, from abusive families, and/or want or need to get out of their own depressed situation and homes (National Center for Policy Analysis 2001; Boyer & Fine 1992; Musick 1993; Luker 1996; Montfort & Brick 1999).The declining economic fortunes of teenage males may also reduce their desirability as reproductive partners for teenage women.top A few studies indicate that teenage girls who date older men are more likely to get pregnant, more likely to keep the baby, and more likely to marry their partners than those who date teen boys (see Guttmacher, 1994, 1997; and review by California Wellness Foundation 2000).However, the "types of men" who impregnate teens vary widely in motivation, from those seeking conquest and validation of masculinity to those who care for their partners and make responsible husbands, boyfriends, and fathers (Goodyear & Newcomb, in California Wellness Foundation 2000).
Many of the same reasons older men are appealing to younger women may apply in reverse.Greater experience with life increases the odds that older men will have problems with substance abuse, emotional disturbances, criminal behavior, abusiveness, STI and HIV infection, and unresolved past relationships (including ongoing ones).In particular, the HIV infection rate is nine times higher, and gonorrhea and syphilis rates are three times higher, among teen girls than among teen boys, indicating infection of younger women by older male partners (Centers for Disease Control 1990-2002; Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch 2002).In fact, husbands average over 21 years old at time of birth for every age of teen wife (the youngest married teen giving birth in California in 2002 was 14).This compares to the average ages of 17.8 years for unwed teen mothers and 21.1 years for their partners at time of birth.
"Sex among young adolescents is often involuntary; it frequently involves a man who is substantially older than the woman, which may make it hard for the young woman to resist his approaches and even more difficult for her to insist that contraceptives be used to prevent STDs and pregnancy" (Alan Guttmacher Institute 1994, pp. Sometimes it is difficult to characterize older male partners of teenage women as liabilities or assets.