The “ABCD’s” of Adolescent Sexuality

How can American parents, policymakers, healthcare providers and educators approach teenage sexuality in a way that empowers youth and nurtures their relationships? The following resources, discuss the new “ABCD’s” of adolescent sexual health.

“Beyond Abstinence and Risk: A New Paradigm for Adolescent Sexuality“, An Educational Module published by the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Project

Healthy Parenting Tip Sheet

“The New ABCD’s of Talking with Teens about Sex,” Huffington Post, November 2, 2011.

“Beyond Abstinence and Risk:  A New Paradigm for Adolescent Sexual Health.”  Women’s Health Issues. 21 (3S): S5-7, 2011

Other Practice and Policy Articles by Amy Schalet

“Why Boys Need to Have Conversations about Emotional Intimacy in Classrooms,” The Conversation, Feb. 25, 2016

Broadening the Evidence for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Education in the Unites States,” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, October, 2014

“Caring, Romantic American Boys,” New York Times, April 6, 2012

“The Sleepover Question,” New York Times, July 24, 2011

John S. Santelli and Amy T. Schalet.  2009. “A New Vision for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health.” Ithaca, NY: ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Amy Schalet is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Read More...