Teens and Sex

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Incorporating recent statistics and quotations from real teens, this short but valuable addition to the "Gallup Youth Survey" series covers trends in attitudes and behavior and will appeal to teens, parents, and educators. Although some teens engage in responsible sexual behavior including using effective birth control, many sexually active teens experience negative emotional and physical consequences. In 2001, 45% of high school students reported that they were sexually active, 10% fewer than in 1991. Yet 900,000 girls give birth in the U.S. every year, twice the rate in Great Britain or Canada. The survey offers statistics on sex in the media: 75% of TV shows include sexual content, yet only 4% of these scenes refer to the risks and responsibilities associated with sexual behavior. Over the past three decades teens report progressively less concern about the amount of sex depicted on television. Illustrated with full-color photographs, this volume discusses controversial subjects such as abortion and sex education. It gives brief histories of AIDS, the legalization of abortion, and the establishment of rating systems in the media and video game industries. Specific details on dangers teens face, such as sexually transmitted diseases and date rape drugs, offer useful cautionary education. In personal stories woven through the text, gay teens recount harassment they face daily, teen mothers discuss the burden of supporting a baby, and victims describe date rape. Pair this slim, informative volume with the more comprehensive Changing Bodies, Changing Lives. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Ann Philips
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422211540
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 years

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