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Parents

We believe that education, especially sex education, should begin in the home. The presentations we provide in the classroom offer scientifically and medically accurate information to your student in a non-judgmental and creative atmosphere. We strive to teach students to make healthy choices today that will provide for a healthy tomorrow.

Our presentations are designed for 6th-12th grade students and address the specific issues applicable to each student where they are at with an emphasis on creating healthy relationships of all kinds. You can view the complete presentation outline by clicking on the presentation your student will be attending: Game Plan (sixth grade), Quest (7th grade), Aspire (8th grade), or Navigator (high school). (Click on the Curriculum tab for more information.)

Should Parents Discuss Sex With Their Teens?

Absolutely! Multiple studies demonstrate that parent-child communication has an important protective effect on adolescent sexual behavior. (1-3) Parents need to be actively involved with their teens and take time to clearly communicate their own values and expectations.

- Teens who feel close to their parents are much less likely to engage in risky behavior.(4)
- Teens whose parents express disapproval of non-marital sex and contraceptive use are less likely than their peers to have sex.(5)
- Teens who talk to a parent about sex tend to wait to have sex, have fewer sexual partners, and are more likely to name a parent than a peer as a good source of information about sex.(6)

Reviewed by: Jennifer A. Shuford, MD, MPH
Date: October 2008


References:

  1. Karofsky PS, Zeng I., Kosorok MR. Relationship between adolescent-parental communication and initiation of first intercourse by adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2000;28(1):41-45.
  2. Resnick M, Bearman D, Blum R, et al. Protecting adolescents from harm. Findings from the national longitudinal study on adolescent health. JAMA. 1997;278(10):823-832.
  3. Dilorio C, Kelley M, Hockenberry-Eaton M. Communications about sexual issues: mothers, fathers, and friends. J Adolesc Health. 1999;24(3):181-189.
  4. Jaccard J, Dittus P, Gordon V. Parent-teen communication about premarital sex: factors associated with the extent of communication. J of Adolesc Res. 2000;15(2):187-208.
  5. Lederman RP, ChanW. Roberts-Gray C. Sexual risk attitudes and intentions of youth aged 12-14 years; survey comparisons of parent-teen prevention and control groups. Behav Med. Winter 2004;29(4):155-163.
  6. Whitaker d, miller K. Parent-adolescent discussions about sex and condoms: impact on peer influences of sexual risk behavior. J Adolesc Res. 2000;15(2):251-273.