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Cultural Differences Social and cultural norms can either encourage or restrain sexual behavior The age at which adolescents begin to date is a significant predictor of the age at which sexual activity begins. The age at which sexual activity begins varies according to the teen’s ethnic background. There are racial/ethnic differences in sexual activity rates among teens: ü Black high school students are more likely to have had intercourse (65%) compared to White (42%) and Hispanic students (49%). ü More Black high school students (15%) and Latino students (7%) initiated sex before age 13 compared to White students (4%) Average age of first intercourse, by ethnicity: Black 15.8 White 16.6 Hispanic 17.0 Other 17.4 Asian American 18.1
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Parenting Sexuality at Home It is important for parents to maintain open communication with their children even
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Unformatted text preview: when they are receiving formal sex education at school. • Having open communication with your adolescent children about sex has shown benefits: – There is evidence that positive parent-child communication about sexual matters can lead to greater condom use among young men and a lower rate of teenage conception among young women • One of the most important contributions that parents can make to their teens exposure to sexual information is providing them with the skills to make healthy sexual decisions. • Each family system will need to determine and plan how it will approach and deal with sexuality at home. • Since some adolescents may be difficult to open up about their sexuality, parents need to find ways to talk to them....
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