Efforts in the United States to address adolescent sex have been directed toward preventing teenage sex as opposed to preventing its adverse consequences. These efforts probably have been unsuccessful in stemming sexual activity because teenagers have a hormonal imperative to explore their sexuality.
For years, research on adolescent sex was so entrenched in a risk perspective that “adolescent sexual health” was an oxymoron. Today, a new science of adolescent sexual heath is emerging that may help us look beyond risk.
Maria Talks, a website with frank sexual health information for young people, suddenly has a lot of critics who think it’s too explicit. I talk with one of the websites creators to get her take on the site and the controversy.
The new film Let’s Talk About Sex was created with the intention of sparking public dialogue about and family communication on teen sex and sexuality issues. Here’s my take on whether the film is giving the right message to the right audiences.
This article is part two in a series on facts and realities of teen sexual behavior in the United States. Here, we take an even closer look at what the data in a recent report is telling us about teen sexual behavior.
New data suggest there are more “teen virgins.” Are there? Well….kind of…..
A recent column in The Washington Times warned parents about colleges “poisoning” students with frank discussion about sex and sexuality.” A rising Harvard sophomore and her college professor mother weigh in.
I dug deeper on the Sex and School study, and found a great deal of misinformation being reported about it. For starters, the results were misrepresented, and the words used in many headlines are nowhere in the study itself.
A new study concludes that teens who have sex in committed relationships are not suffering the fire-and-brimstone the religious right claim will befall young people who are sexually active. It’s the importance of the relationship that matters; not the sexual activity.
Many of the same states that resist comprehensive sex ed also have loose laws for gun ownership. Gun-rights advocates maintain that straight-forward education is the best way to keep kids safe. So why do we treat sex ed differently?