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Family Connectedness - A youth's relationship with parents and family may provide protection from early sexual intercourse and other risky behaviors. Positive characteristics include:

  • A feeling of connectedness and closeness to parents/family
  • Perceived parent disapproval of adolescent sex
  • Perceived parent disapproval of adolescent contraception
  • Shared activities with parents

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Talk Alert!

Parents play an important role in helping children make healthy decisions about their future. Now more than ever, children are relying on their parents to share the insight and experience that will help them navigate the pressures associated with growing up.

This section includes information to help you start and maintain conversation with your kids. You can discover what kids are thinking these days; learn how to be a parent that kids want to talk to; and how to help your kids resist the pressures to engage in high risk behaviors.

(All pdf documents below require Acrobat Reader.)


talk 2 meTalk-2-Me parenting tool kit - A packaged kit with audio-visual
materials and literature to facilitate discussion between parents and
children regarding teen sexuality and responsibility.
Tool kits are free and can be requested by calling 205-3902.

Or request via email.


The Medical Institute Newsletter, June 2009

Tools For Talking With Teens About Adolescent Health

This new communication tool includes the 4parents.gov website as well as
Parents, Speak Up and Teen Chat guidebooks. The 4parents.gov website
promotes adolescenthealth from multiple risk behaviors, including early sexual activity.
In addition, the website provides medically accurate information about a variety of health topics.  Some features of the 4parents.gov website include interactive tools, statistics
and conversation starters.
http://www.4parents.gov

Tools For Talking With Teens About Contraception

Virginia Department of Health Family Planning Services

About.com

The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy: With One Voice 2007 America's Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy; An Annual National Survey by Bill Albert, February 2007

Parents are more powerful than they think.  Over two decades of good social science research - and the National Campaign's own polling over the years - make clear that when it comes to teens' decisions about sex, parents are more influential than they think. Simply put, teens say their parents influence their decisions to have sex more than anyone else.  For the first time in National Campaign polling, adults in general now believe that parents most influence teens' decisions about sex.  Parents of teens, however, continue to underestimate the influence they have over their children's decisions about sex and overestimate the influence of friends and the media.
Click here to see the full report

Helpful sites for parents regarding teens and alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence prevention, including bullying, and the internet.

AlcoholUnder Your Influence

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

MedicineNet.com

Drugs

freevibe.com

Smoking

MayoClinic.com

Internet

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Violence Prevention

Bullying

KidsHealth.org

About.com

Virginia Department of Health


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Adolescent Health
Contact: 804-205-3902

 

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Last Updated: 08-23-2011

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