Sexual Health: A Reference Handbook

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What are the major types of sexually transmitted diseases and how are they contracted and treated? How effective are different types of contraception? How do you recognize the stages of puberty? The defining feelings of sexual orientation? This candid, authoritative handbook is designed to serve young people as a reliable, enlightening source of answers to questions like these as they navigate the often confusing transition from adolescence to physical maturity.

In addition to being a go-to resource on common problems related to sexual health, this welcomed volume considers a number of related issues and controversies, including sex education, the "morning after" pill, condoms in schools, and more. It also includes information on various organizations that have an interest in adolescent sexual health, as well as wide range of additional resources in print and online.

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Gr 9 Up—This offering doesn't really have much in the way of new information. Although it is well organized, with a good introduction and chapters on sex education both in the U.S. and abroad, problems and controversies, and data tables, it does not add significantly to information in Margaret O. Hyde and Elizabeth Forsyth's Safe Sex 101: An Overview for Teens (21st Century Bks., 2006) or Miranda and William Hunter's Staying Safe: A Teen's Guide to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Mason Crest, 2005), or any number of other titles on this topic. There are no illustrations, the text is dense, and, though easily readable, the pages themselves are not appealing. The best parts of the book are the tables of data, which are readily available at the Centers for Disease Control's Web site, and the list of additional resources at the back. Not a great addition unless your collection on this topic needs updating or is very small.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598843668
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2009
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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