Kids who listen to rap music 3 hours a day 2.6x more likely to have underage sex

Iggy Azalea Rap Music

When middle school youth listen to rap music for three or more hours each day, they are more likely to believe that their peers are having sex and subsequently 2.6 times more likely to report having had sex by ninth grade, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The study finds that early sexual activity is in part mediated by perceived peer sexual behavior, as young people who believed their peers were having sex were 2.5 times more likely to initiate sex, regardless of the additional factors. It also showed an association between rap music and the formation of these beliefs.

Previous research has shown that sexually explicit media, with extreme or subtle references to permissive sexual behavior, has an impact on sexual behavior among youth and that rap music is more likely to have sexually explicit messages than other genres.

Read the press release from UTHealth here