adolescent health and sexuality

Need a fun way to teach young women about healthy relationships? In a new online game from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the Dibble Institute for Marriage Education, teens create an imaginary boyfriend – and then get quizzed on their relationship skills.
Dating violence is a widespread problem among youth: According to findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, one in three teens has experienced physical, verbal or emotional abuse in a romantic relationship. Here are five ways to mark National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month:
Last year, Francisco Monzon and his colleagues at the Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network, or UCAN, were approached by a woman recently returned from Minneapolis, where she had witnessed that city’s host home programs for its homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth population. Drawing on the help of unpaid volunteers, the programs placed 18- to 24-year-...
Each year, about 50,000 people are infected with HIV. Half of those infections occur in youth ages 13-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Runaway and homeless youth, as well as any youth in crisis, too often find themselves in dangerous situations such as sexual trafficking and abusive relationships. These circumstances put youth at high risk for contracting HIV. ...
“Homeless, Street-Involved Emerging Adults: Attitudes Toward Substance Use” (abstract), Journal of Adolescent Research, Volume 25, Number 2, March 2010. What it's about: This study looks at attitudes toward alcohol and drugs among homeless youth who abuse substances. The authors surveyed and interviewed 87 young people between the ages of 18 and 23 who came to a Texas...
Tribal youth are disproportionately affected by HIV. The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center has compiled HIV prevention resources for Native young people. The materials include a version of the evidence-based sexual health curriculum “Making Proud Choices,” adapted for use in Native communities.
Adolescence is a time for young people to define their place in the family, peer groups, and the larger community. During this stage of their lives, youth struggle with the transition from childhood to adulthood. During childhood, they depended mainly on their parents for economic and emotional support and direction. In adulthood, though, they will be expected to achieve independence and make...
Cell phones, social networking websites and other new forms of media are indispensable communication tools for many young people. Recent research delves into how young people use digital devices, and the implications these trends have for adolescent health.   (Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of NCFY, FYSB or the Administration for Children and Families.)...
Staff members had no clue what to expect when the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina launched its BrdsNBz project, which invites youth to ask questions about sexual health via anonymous text messages, in February of last year. Because more than three-quarters of U.S.
Two team members from Jacksonville’s Project S.O.S. program describe how their original play, "Live Like it Counts," has helped convey the benefits of healthy youth lifestyles and sexual abstinence to a larger audience. Time: 8:21 | Size: 7.6 MB | Transcript
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