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Resources Tagged With: sexual behavior

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Lack of Sleep May Increase Likelihood of Teens Engaging in Risky Behaviors

teens sleep research 533Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may be at an increased risk of engaging in unsafe sexual behaviors, such as not using condoms or having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Read more ›

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Navigating Teen Relationships & Understanding Teen Relationships in the Digital World [presentation] [video]

Effective communication is a protective factor that can help prepare teens to make informed, safe, and healthy decisions in the future. This session focuses on helping parents and trusted adults engage their children in open and honest conversation on the impact of social media and pornography on relationships, digital perfection and its impact on body image, and sexting. Read more ›

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Talking to Your Child About Sex and Relationships [web resource]

healthconnectedlogo429Many parents feel anxious about talking to their child about sex and relationships, particularly given the wide ranging images and messages we receive on a daily basis about gender roles, relationships, and sexuality. Here are a few tips for parents from Health Connected, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health. Read more ›

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How to Teach Teens About Love, Consent and Emotional Intelligence

teens holding hands142Navigating love and relationships can be difficult at any age, but especially so in the angsty teenage years. Budding romances can be fun and exhilarating but also confusing and uncomfortable. In these moments of confusion, teens often turn to friends or the internet for advice. But what if teens were trained with other options? What if lessons in love and romance were taught more explicitly in schools and at home? Read more ›

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Sex and Drugs Decline Among Teens, but Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Grow

CDC youth risk survey128One in seven high school students reported misusing prescription opioids, one of several disturbing results in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a nationwide survey of teenagers that revealed a growing sense of fear and despair among youth in the United States.

The numbers of teenagers reporting “feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” suicidal thoughts, and days absent from school out of fear of violence or bullying have all risen since 2007. The increases were particularly pointed among lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students. Read more ›

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CDC Releases Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results and Trends Report

2017 CDC YouthRisk 131The CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors priority health behaviors and experiences among high school students across the country. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results help in understanding the factors that contribute to the leading causes of illness, death and disability among youth and young adults. Read more ›