Any discussion about sex between parents and their teenage kids can be extremely tricky and embarrassing for both parties. This book offers parents tips on how to broach the subject and gives advice on a range of problems from the bodily changes at puberty through to coping with relationships, contraception and HIV. And in light of modern society's ever changing attitudes towards sexual behaviour, more controversial issues are addressed such as sexual orientation and STDs. Written in an accessible style, yet based on rigorous scientific expertise, this book is for all parents and carers of teenage kids and professionals working with young people. Written by a respected academic, it includes useful lists of organizations and further reading and should empower parents and carers to develop deeper relationships with their teenage kids.
"..provides straightforward tips and hints.." (Young People Now, December 2001)
"...we believe this book can be a useful guide for many parents, but also teachers and even teenagers, who want to take a peek." (Int Jnl of Adolescent Medical Health, Vol.14, No.2, 2002)
"This is a book that understands what the problems actually are, and goes a long way to being an aid to finding ways to overcome them." (Young Minds Magazine, May/June 2002)
"...We believe this book can be a useful guide for parents as well as teachers and even teenagers..." (Int Jnl of Adolescent Medical Health, Vol.14, No.2, 2002)
"...I would happily recommend the book, to any parents who are having difficulties with their teenagers..." (BACHH News, Summer 2002)
"...a practical, easy-to-read, down-to-earth guide...a valuable and reassuring guide..." (Jnl of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol 8(1))
"...provides the latest information and advice...ideal guide for parents, teachers and anyone who works with young people..." (Stress News, April 2004)
Dr John Coleman, O.B.E. is founder of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence. He has written widely in this field, and is the former editor of the Journal of Adolescence. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford.
Introduction; Puberty; Bodily changes in girls; Bodily changes in boys; The age of puberty; The emotional consequences of puberty; Periods; Wet dreams; Is puberty starting earlier than in previous generations?; Learning about sex; Schools; Parents; Society; Friends; The media; Communication; Sexual development in early adolescence; The need for privacy; Relationships with adults; Boys and girls are different; Masturbation; The fears and anxieties of adults; The fears and anxieties of teenagers; First relationships; Love and romance; Readiness for sex; Contraception; Personal safety; Essential messages for parents to emphasise; The impact of teenage sexuality on the family; The parent's own sexuality; Boundaries and limits; Sex in the home; Unsuitable relationships; Lone parents; Step-families; Risky behaviour; The nature of adolescence; Sexual risks; Teenage pregnancy; Sexually transmitted infections (STIs); HIV/AIDS; Assault, rape and exposure to violence; The parent's response; Sexual orientation; The process of choosing sexual orientation; Finding out that your teenager is gay or lesbian; Sex and the law; The age of consent; Confidentiality; Sexual abuse; The parent's role; The generation gap; Managing conflict between parents; Communication; Recognising problems; Coming to terms with adolescent sexuality;.