. . . to Improve Parent and Teen Communication about Sex and Sexuality
A new survey of both parents and the teenagers they are raising sheds light on how they are talking about sex — and provides a roadmap for how they can communicate more effectively, ultimately helping prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The survey of more than 2,000 parents and teens is from Planned Parenthood and Family Circle magazine with assistance from the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at NYU. The findings are detailed in "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Sex Talk (But Were Afraid to Ask)," a November issue Family Circle magazine story out Tuesday, October 2.
According to the survey, the vast majority of parents and teenagers have talked about sex. Half of all parents said they feel very comfortable talking with their teens about sex, but just 18 percent of teens said they feel very comfortable talking with their parents.
The findings underscore the importance of October's "Let's Talk" Month, an annual awareness-raising effort aimed at getting parents and teens talking about sex and providing parents with tools for making these conversations easier and more effective.
"This national survey bears out what we see every day in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley communities: Parents are talking with their kids about sex and sexuality, but they need tools and support to have even more meaningful, ongoing conversations," said Sara Howard, VP of Public Affairs and Communications. "We're here to help parents and teens have these conversations — which are critical for helping teenagers make healthy choices far into the future."
The nationally representative survey, conducted by Knowledge Networks, a Gfk company, also shows that most parents (80 percent) know when their teens are sexually active, which underscores the importance of conversations between teens and parents once teens start having sex, as parents play a critical role in helping their teens protect themselves from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
As part of "Let's Talk" Month in October, Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley highlights their essential programs geared towards ensuring that parents have the information and tools they need to communicate with their teens about sex and sexual health. "Let's Talk" workshops are conducted free of charge and provide accurate information and techniques for parents to get these vital conversations started with the youth in their lives.
"What a wonderful program to attend! This course was right on time and informative," said mom and parent workshop participant, Kourtney "Ko Ko" Denton. "I currently have a six year-old son who is beginning to ask questions about his body parts and their function. This class has helped me to communicate with my son!"
Since 1933, Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley has been here for every woman, man and family need of affordable, preventive health care services and accurate information. Planned Parenthood serves 24 cities throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Health education that is comprehensive, medically accurate and age appropriate is an integral part of the mission.