This tip sheet gives some facts about teens and sex and provides suggestions for parents on starting age-appropriate conversations with their teen about sexuality, continuing the conversation, and leaving the line of communication open. Myths and facts about teens and sex are listed, giving parents some conversation starters.Note: Costs are associated with print orders only. PDF copies are available for free downloading.
This fact sheet provides facts for parents about HIV/AIDS and provides parents with age-appropriate tips for talking about sexuality, drug use, and how they relate to HIV/AIDS.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet provides information for parents on how to talk to their preteen or teen about sexuality, including understanding adolescent's concerns and how parents can help adolescents develop healthy sexuality.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet provides parents with helpful tips on how to discuss and prevent teen pregnancy with their adolescent children. Tips include communication strategies, making expectations clear, and setting limits.
Taking risks is fairly common in adolescence. Risky behaviors can be associated with serious, long-term, and -- in some cases -- life-threatening consequences. This is especially the case when adolescents engage in more than one harmful behavior. The tendency for risky behaviors to co-occur has been well-studied. Yet prevention efforts traditionally have taken a targeted approach, seeking to prevent a single risky behavior. A more powerful and cost-effective approach may be to employ strategies designed to address factors associated with multiple risky behaviors. This Research Brief brings…
This fact sheet defines the meaning of dating. It highlights parents' concerns about dating before age 14 or 15 and consequences of early dating consistently shown in research (e.g., involvement in early sexual activity). It also provides detailed information for parents on what to do when their children start dating early.
Children who grow up in single-parent families are more likely to be poor, have trouble in school, and become teen parents themselves. Additionally, children who are born to a mother who is a teenager, who hasn't finished high school, and who isn't married are nine times more likely to be poor than a child whose mother is even a few years older, is married and has at least finished high school. Thus, strengthening families through both teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) and marriage and relationship education (MRE) programs is an effort to decrease out-of-wedlock childbearing and increase the…
It's no surprise that most teens explore romantic relationships. Romance is the premise of many teen movies, and is apparent in their everyday life through tweeting, chat rooms, text messaging and school gossip. Relationships that occur during the teen years are an opportunity for young adults to experience romance, learn about themselves and establish expectations for future relationships. So, how can a program effectively turn a hot topic into a teachable moment? This Tip Sheet describes key characteristics of successful youth programs. (Author abstract)
Almost half (46%) of high school-aged teens in the United States have had sexual intercourse. Because of continued concern about teenage sexual activity and support for messages that encourage young people to delay sexual debut, where and when teens first have sex is a matter of interest to those who run programs for teens, to policymakers, and to parents. This "Science Says" research brief uses data from a recent national survey to examine the time and place teens first have sex and provides recommendations based on these findings. (Author abstract)