Navigation Links
Teens Look to Parents as Guide to Healthy Sexual Behaviors
Date:6/23/2011

THURSDAY, June 23 (HealthDay News) -- Who do teens look to as role models for healthy sexual behavior? According to a new Canadian study, they look first to the example set by their parents, not to friends or the media.

In their survey of more than 1,100 mothers of teenagers and almost 1,200 teens between the ages of 14 and 17, researchers found that when it comes to sexuality, 45 percent of the teens considered their parents to be their role model, compared to just 32 percent who looked to their friends.

Only 15 percent of the teens said celebrities influenced them, the investigators found.

The researchers also pointed out that the teens who saw their parents as role models most often came from families where talking about sexuality is encouraged. These teens, who were able to discuss sexuality openly at home, were also found to have a greater awareness of the risks and consequences of sexually transmitted diseases.

"Good communication within families and especially around sexual health issues is associated with more responsible behaviors," study author Dr. Jean-Yves Frappier, researcher at the University of Montreal's affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Centre, said in a university news release.

Despite this finding, the survey showed that 78 percent of the moms questioned believed their children looked to their friends when deciding about sexual behaviors. And the mothers often said that they felt a lack of involvement by their child's father was particularly detrimental.

"Parents seem to underestimate their role and the impact that they have," noted Frappier. "Health professionals and the media have an important role to play in empowering parents and enabling them to increase their communications with their children with regards to sexual health issues."

The survey's findings were slated for presentation Saturday at the Canadian Pediatric Society's 88th Annual Conference in Quebec City.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more information on how parents can talk to their teenagers about sexuality and why it's important.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of Montreal, news release, June 15, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. IUDs Officially Recommended for Healthy Women, Teens
2. Fast-Food Outlets Near Schools May Not Be Making Teens Fat
3. Teens look to parents more than friends for sexual role models
4. Sleep-Deprived Teens May Crave Carbohydrates
5. Preteens surrounded by smokers get hooked on nicotine
6. Tool developed to predict violence and aggression in children and teens
7. Impaired Heart Function Seen in Teens With Type 2 Diabetes
8. CWRU researcher studies ways to help teens overcome fears and stigmas of mental illness
9. Teens Who Drink Seem Drawn to Social Networking Sites
10. Teens Follow Moms Lead on Tanning Beds
11. Too Few Teens Know the Dangers of Tanning Beds: Poll
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Teens Look to Parents as Guide to Healthy Sexual Behaviors
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare ... scenic Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare ... activity. The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission ... lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” ... the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... fitness centers in the U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location ... club will occupy the former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... leader in post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health joint venture ... , AccentCare has been operating a joint venture home health company with Asante, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts ... Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology ... of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... 2017 OBP Medical , a ... devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to market ... retractor with integrated LED light source and smoke ... exposure of a tissue pocket or cavity during ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... PHILADELPHIA , Oct. 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces ... particle analysis system called the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in ... analyzes subvisible and visible particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented ... use of the novel technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... The HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... , Sept. 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion ... notable awards. Ranked as number one in the South Florida ... time in Inc. 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy ... Armando Bardisa will soon be honored by SFBJ ... Set to receive his award in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: