Sexuality and Teens: What You Should Know about Sex, Abstinence, Birth Control, Pregnancy, and STDs

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Sexual attitudes and behaviors changed a great deal over the last half century. Today's teens are faced with information, images, and messages that can be confusing and overwhelming. In Sexuality and Teens: What You Should Know About Sex, Abstinence, Birth Control, Pregnancy, and STDs, author Stephen Feinstein covers these complex and sometimes controversial topics in a way that will help readers understand and make informed choices.

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Overview

Sexual attitudes and behaviors changed a great deal over the last half century. Today's teens are faced with information, images, and messages that can be confusing and overwhelming. In Sexuality and Teens: What You Should Know About Sex, Abstinence, Birth Control, Pregnancy, and STDs, author Stephen Feinstein covers these complex and sometimes controversial topics in a way that will help readers understand and make informed choices.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Part of the "Issues in Focus Today" series, this book has a lot of useful information in it, without being preachy or judgmental. For instance, did you know you can get pregnant even if your sexual partner does not ejaculate in your vagina? Sometimes sperm come along with the first fluids out of the penis and can swim happily along to an egg, even if there is no penetration. Although I would have liked the book to address teenagers all the time rather than sometimes talking about them to teachers and parents, there are many "talking points" presented in a manner which would allow adults to discuss sexual behavior with the teens they know. The sections that do talk directly to teens present material in a friendly, open manner, which ought to put teens at ease. The descriptions of the various types of contraceptives is very informative. This book will be a good addition to anyone discussing sexuality with teens. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
The "Issues in Focus Today" series attempts to provide comprehensive but slim volumes on deeply serious issues confronting teens. To some extent, these three titles succeed. Stressed Out in School? covers anxiety brought on by issues such as heavy class loads, homework, and the college application process, and offers a brief chapter on antidotes. The Sexuality and Teens title includes chapters on behavior, birth control, pregnancy, STDs and educational programs. More Than the Blues? contains sections on symptoms, causes and treatments of depression. All titles offer a glossary, further reading and a list of internet links. Unfortunately, all three reviewed volumes fall flat. Information with any real depth is sorely lacking throughout, obviating the use of any title for research. Littered with hokey, posed and frequently poor quality photos, it is hard to believe that teens needing information for genuine problem-solving would be lured by these books. An image of a young girl wearing a backpack and looking over her shoulder is typical. The caption warns of the health risks of carrying too many books— a topic worthy of more depth. The image is crooked, however, and, worse yet, her backpack is decidedly unstuffed. Shoddy execution shows up far too often in the series. One wonders why, in a book that might try to dispel misconceptions about mental health, editors chose to enlarge and highlight a quote that states the majority belief that depression is a "personal weakness." The repetitive use of simple syntax and frequent overuse of the second person "you" reads like a pedantic turn-off. Libraries serving teens desperate for coverage on these worthy topics should not expect much—certainly not enough to warrant the price tags for such superficial coverage. Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan
School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—This text provides a well-balanced look at sexual attitudes and behaviors as they relate to today's youth. Feinstein gives a brief overview of the sexual revolution before leading into teen sexuality and relationships, saying "no" to unwanted advances, and homosexuality. He also includes solid discussions of birth-control options and teen pregnancy and devotes a chapter to sexually transmitted diseases. The discussion of sex education in schools is of particular note, slanting perhaps in a more liberal direction than some districts might like. Layout and full-color photos are typical of nonfiction social studies and health guides and blend into the background of the text. The book could be useful for basic report and debate information or as a jumping-off point for class discussions.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766033122
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Issues in Focus Today Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Teen Sexual Behavior 7

Chapter 2 Birth Control 29

Chapter 3 Teen Pregnancy 45

Chapter 4 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 57

Chapter 5 Sex Education in Schools 79

Chapter Notes 89

Glossary 95

For More Information 99

Further Reading 101

Internet Addresses 101

Index 102

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