Table of Contents

Adolescent Development

The Adolescent Development section of the Toolkit is meant to be a resource for educators and other providers to help them better understand how adolescents develop physically, behaviorally, cognitively, and emotionally. This section will also help to better understand puberty and sexual development and answer frequently asked questions about adolescent sexual behavior. Journal articles also explore long-term social and emotional effects of early and late sexual onset. Educators may find the lesson plans helpful for inclusion into school- and/or community-based human development programs. Caseworkers may find the fact sheets of particular interest to help them become more comfortable in understanding the developmental stage of their clients.

Data and Journal Articles

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on research studies and journal articles. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Disability Status

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on disability status. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Family

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on family. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Gender

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on gender. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Health Access & Youth Friendliness

HIV, AIDS, and STI Prevention

The HIV, AIDS, STI Prevention section of the Toolkit is a resource for educators and other providers to gain knowledge in the very basics of prevention as it relates to the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. Fact sheets about each STI and HIV are included, as well as information about the effectiveness of latex condoms. Journal articles regarding virginity pledges as a prevention tool have been included, as well as tools for parents to use to discuss sexual health with their children.

New and veteran educators may find the fact sheets and condom effectiveness articles helpful for inclusion into school- and/or community-based sexual health education programs. Caseworkers or group leaders can become more aware how STIs are transmitted or learn more about how to talk to adult guardians about adolescent sexual health. Educators may find the statistics helpful for inclusion into school and/or community based sexual health education programming. Other professions may find the statistics useful for gaining a better understanding regarding the complexity of the issues of STI, HIV and AIDS, especially with relation to racial and ethnic disparities.

Identity

Im/migration Status

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on im/migration status. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Innovative Strategies

The Innovative Strategies section of the Toolkit is a resource for providers to encourage them to think “outside the box” in terms of sexual health prevention strategies. Some strategies are aimed at the providers themselves, while others are for providers to consider sharing with their clients.

The resources in this section can be used by a variety of professions and agencies. Providers may want to discuss some of these strategies with their agencies to see if they can be implemented, and may also encourage their clients to visit some of the Internet sites to gain information. Whatever your profession, these strategies – when implemented – may have a tremendous impact on your services and organization as a whole.

Orientation

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on gender. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Policy and Advocacy

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on policy and advocacy. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Pregnant and Parenting Youth

The Pregnant and Parenting Youth section of the Toolkit is meant to be a resource for providers to gain a better understanding of young, pregnant and parenting youth and the barriers they may face today. The resources in this section can be used by a variety of professions and agencies. Any provider working with adolescents may want to become familiar with these articles and fact sheets to gain background knowledge so that they can better serve pregnant and parenting youth.

Race and Ethnicity

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on race and ethnicity. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Sexual Development

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on sexual development. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Sexual Health Education

This section of the Toolkit is resource for educators and other providers to help them make an informed choice in their selection of sexual health curricula. Journal articles review various curricula and their effectiveness, lesson plans and curricula are referenced, as well as tools to assess them. The resources in this section can be used by a variety of professions and agencies. Educators may find the lesson plans and curricula reviews helpful for inclusion into school- and/or community-based sexual health education programs. Caseworkers or group leaders may find them of interest to help them become more comfortable in discussing specific topics with their clients.

Sexuality, Identity, Orientation, & Gender

Shame and Stigma

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on shame and stigma. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

Social Media & Technology

This category contains a compilation of resources also found in topic areas, but specifically focuses on social media and technology. We have summarized the findings so that even if you’re not able to read or access the whole article, you’ll be able to use the data provided and list the citation.

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