Category Adolescent Development

A Trauma Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual-Health

This is a report that talks about how to do comprehensive sexual education with youth that have been through trauma. It covers sexual health, sexual education, populations affected, preventions, trauma, strengths and needs, therapeutic services and safety plans for those who have experienced trauma. Click on the link before to read more. A-Trauma-Informed-Approach-for-Adolescent-Sexual-Health

Is there a future for the LBGTQ Movement?

My2024 is an online game, a national conversation, and a giant party for 10 days in October 2014 asking lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people across the United States how our lives and communities could change in the year 2024. This is a good resource for young LGBTQ people and those that work […]

Females United For Action

FUFA: Females United for Action was a non for profit organization that worked with young women and gender queer youth in Chicago. They organized a traveling photo exhibit called “Alternative Windows” which allowed the participants and viewers to document images of people of color that were not begin shown on mainstream media. This group is […]

Parents as Advocates for Comprehensive Sex Ed in Schools (2002)

This document encourages parents to get involved in schools and lists out the benefits of getting involved and how and why parents should get involved. This document is for parents, school administrators that want more parents to get involved and youth who want their parents to get involved or already have parents who are involved. […]

Characteristics of Parents of Sexually Healthy Adolescents (1995)

This is a list of characteristics that understanding parents have. It lists: respecting the young person finding resources and educational materials to share with the young person. seeking additional help when needed talking about sexuality in an open manner with the young person check in with young person about their life, dating life and partners […]

Removing Stigma: Towards a complete understanding of young latinas’ sexual health

There are many components that make up reproductive health for Latinas including: STI’s, depression, lower rates of access to healthcare, etc. Focusing on just pregnancy prevention leaves out many other factors young Latinas face. This article focuses on how to better understand the needs of Latinas in terms of reproductive health. It pushes for inclusion […]

Adolescents, Protecting: Ensuring Access to Care and Reporting Sexual Activity and Abuse

This reference guide was created in 2004 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  It is a reference guide that provides information as a key for health professionsl to ensure that adolescents have access to the health services they need.  It includes sexual and reproductive health services information. Sexual activity and sexual abuse are not […]

Mental Health Disorders- Child Trends Adolescent Health Highlight (2013)

This newsletter published by Child Trends is an informative resource that clarifies a lot of common questions regarding adolescent mental health.  The newsletter contains definitions of mental health terminology, facts and figures about current mental health trends, a list of warning signs and common mental disorders among adolescents.  There is also information about treatment, mental […]

EngenderHealth

EngenderHealth is a global organization dedicated to activism in sexual and reproductive health, specializing in women’s health. For over seven decades, EngenderHealth has been a positive force for improving the lives of men, women, and families with their impressive range of programming. According to their mission, EngenderHealth works to “promote gender equity, advocate for sound practices […]

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

This research study, conducted by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, examines the relationships of teenagers with the various social media that are a big part of modern life. The study states that social media are designed to encourage the sharing of personal information in a […]

Understanding Sex Partner Selection, Inner-City Black Adolescents (2006)

Summary: Black youth and inner-city youth have disproportionately high rates of STDs with socioeconomic factors and environmental factors as determinants to this health disparity. Using the Perceived Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (PRSTD) cohort study based in Baltimore, researchers surveyed 50 young people between the ages 16 – 21, who used STD services at a local health clinic. […]

Kiss and Tell: What Kids Say About Love, Trust and Other Stuff (2007)

Summary: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (NCPTUP) conducted a survey asking young people ages 12-17 to describe their own thoughts and beliefs on love and relationships. This survey packet describes a conversation disconnect between parents and teens. Included in the magazine are tips to start conversations for both adults and teens. Most teens (68%) […]

Youth Involvement in Prevention Programs (2001)

This “Issues at a Glance” piece from Advocates For Youth discusses that young people gain more from an experience when they are directly involved in program development/sexual health programming.  This article also provides effective tips on implementing youth involvement. Some of their findings include: Programs for youth developed in partnership of youth and adults: build young people’s […]

California Core Competencies for Providers of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs/Services (2008)

The Core Competencies are intended for adult providers of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and serve as a foundation of professional capabilities that all providers should strive to possess in order to deliver effective, sensitive and appropriate sexual health care and services to adolescents. The Core Competencies are divided into 5 major domains: Professional and […]

Social Environment Linked to Gay Teen Suicide Risk (2011)

Reuters released an article detailing a study done by Mark Hatzenbuehler from Columbia University that “found lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth are less likely to attempt suicide when surrounded by a supportive social environment.” The original source research article was published in Pediatrics and is titled “Social Environment Linked to Gay Teen Suicide Risk.”  The research study […]

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth, established in 1980, aims to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive rights.  They focus on working with young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and abroad and treat young people as a valuable resource. Advocate for Youth’s Rights. Respect. Respnsibility (3Rs) Core Values: RIGHTS: Youth have the […]

Sexuality Education for Youth with Disability or Chronic Illness: A Resource List

This comprehensive resource list, compiled by the University of Michigan Health System, provides information relating to sexual issues affecting youth with disabilities or chronic conditions. Providing clear and accurate information to youths with disabilities is important– “Young people with disabilities are no different from other kids in their need to understand their bodies and relationships; […]

Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities provides a list of sexual education resources for children and youths with disabilities. This includes information on: Human sexuality in general How disabilities can affect sexuality The special role of the parent The content to be taught Materials developed with specific disabilities in mind Commercial products Link […]

Competence as a Predictor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes for Youth: A Systematic Review

This article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the purpose of the article was To examine the association between “competence” and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) outcomes. Competence refers to the development of skills to perform tasks successfully in four areas including social and behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and moral competence. We conducted a […]