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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - It may come as no surprise that teens who “sext” may be more likely to engage in sexual behaviors. However, new research is showing that teens who are asked to sext — regardless if they agree to or not — are more likely to have had sex.

According to new research published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine in July 2012, one-fourth of teens admitted to having sent a sext. And 76.2 percent of teens who were asked to send a sext, even if they don’t agree to do it, admitted to having had sexual intercourse, compared to only 38.2 percent of teens who had not been propositioned.

“Given its prevalence and link to sexual behavior, pediatricians and other tween-focused and teen-focused health care providers may consider screening for sexting behaviors. Asking about sexting could provide insight into whether a teen is likely engaging in other sexual behaviors (for boys and girls) or risky sexual behaviors (for girls),” the authors wrote.

Researchers asked 948 teens — 55.9 percent of which were female — who were enrolled at seven public high schools in Texas and were between the ages of 14 to 19 if they ever sent naked pictures of themselves, if they had ever been asked to send a naked picture, if they asked someone to send a naked picture and how bothered they were by the request. The results showed that over one-fourth of the teens admitted to sending a sext, but more girls (68.4 percent) were asked to send a sext more than boys (42.1 percent).

Boys were more than twice as likely to ask for a sext than girls, and girls were nine times more bothered by someone asking them for a sext than their male counterparts.

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