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FOR PARENTS

 

Why talk to your teen about sex?

“In national surveys conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, teens report that their parents have the greatest influence over their decisions about sex—more than friends, siblings, or the media. Most teens also say they share their parents’ values about sex,
and making decisions about delaying sex would be easier
if they could talk openly and honestly with their parents,”
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014).

 

“Teens who talk with their parents about sex are more
likely to put off having sex until they are older. They
are also more likely to make healthy choices, like using
condoms to prevent pregnancy and STDs (sexually
transmitted diseases), if they do choose to have sex,”
(Office of Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion, 2019).

 

What tools are available to get the
conversation started?

 

 

 

The University of Michigan Adolescent Health Initiative offers the following tips for how to be an “askable adult” to help foster a safe space for youth to discuss sensitive issues and feel comfortable asking you for support.

Being an Askable Adult

  • Convey warmth through body language

  • Use a nonjudgmental tone of voice

  • Use open-ended questions

  • Practice active & reflective listening

  • Do not make assumptions

  • Give affirmations; do not deny, criticize or shame

  • Make sure conversation focuses on adolescent

  • Provide clear information, no opinions

  • Discuss confidentiality

 

Request a SPARK Training

Want to learn more about how you can support teens in making healthy decisions by being an askable adult? Email us  to request a SPARK Training for your parent group or organization.

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References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, April 19). Parent and guardian resources. Retrieved August 15, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/parent-guardian-resources/index.htm

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Talking with your teens about sex: Going beyond “the Talk”. Retrieved August 15, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/protective/pdf/talking_teens.pdf

 

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2019, March 27). Talk to your kids about sex. Retrieved August 15, 2019, from https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/parenting/healthy-communication-and-relationships/talk-to-your-kids-about-sex

 

University of Michigan Adolescent Health Initiative. (2017). Spark: Being an askable adult. Retrieved August 15, 2019, from https://www.umhs-adolescenthealth.org/improving-care/spark-trainings/being-an-askable-adult/

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