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5.2: Using Adolescent Sexual Behavior – Student Edition (Human Biology)

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Begin by having the students read from the opening pages of the section to the section on abstinence. Remind them that even though we hear a lot about adolescents becoming sexually active, the overwhelming number of teenagers are not sexually active. Ask them what reasons they think most teens give for choosing not to have sex.

Following the discussion, ask them to read the section on abstinence.

Introduce Activity 4-1: Red Light-Green Light.

Have students discuss the reasons that they think some relationships last while others do not. Then ask them to read about the elements of a healthy sexual relationship.

Point out that, unfortunately, not all relationships are healthy ones. The more they know, and the surer they are about themselves, the better able they will be to resist unhealthy relationships. Introduce the concepts of compliance, cooperation, seduction, and coercion as you read the final portion of the section on maintaining sexual relationships.

What Do You Think?

How sure do you want to be when you try some sexual behavior new to you? What can you learn or think about in advance so you can trust your split-second decision making when the situation arises?

Questions-Questions Students consider what questions they would ask to help a friend try to figure out his or her feelings about a relationship that is becoming more sexual.

What Do You Think?

Learning about sexual behavior isn't easy. It's a lot riskier than learning to ride a bike and it is a lot more difficult topic about which to get accurate information. How can you best learn about sexual behavior and maintain your self-respect?

Debate! Students debate the following sentence. “Before engaging in sexual intercourse, individuals under age 18 should talk with an older friend/sibling, or a trusted adult.”

What Do You Think?

A recent study showed that approximately half of all adolescents report that their parents have never talked with them about birth control, STDs, or pregnancy. When should children and teenagers be taught about sex? With whom should they talk and how?

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