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Executive Summary: Sexual Risk and Protective Factors. Factors Affecting Teen Sexual Behavior, Pregnancy, Childbearing And Sexually Transmitted Disease: What Are Important? Which Can You Change? is a document part of the project of the United States National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. It addresses two main primary questions: 1) what factors influence adolescents' decisions about sex? And 2) Which of these factors can be altered? By identifying and targeting those factors it tries to provide information to reduce sexual risk-taking.
The fact sheet suggests that programmes need to consider patterns and consequences of coerced sex when addressing reproductive health, HIV prevention, and other needs of young people.
The curriculum on counselling for reproductive health is intended for heath care providers, supervisors, and the managers for the programmes in which they work. The curriculum aims to help in developing knowledge about, skills in, attitudes toward, and comfort with effective communication and counselling in all areas of reproductive health, including sexuality. The counselling skills addressed are relevant to the provision of both preventive and curative health services through the particiapants' national health systems.
The report examines how seven countries: the United States, Iran, The Netherlands, Mexico, India, Ghana and Mali have responded to reproductive health needs of their young people.
A joint project of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the National Campaign Against Youth Violence, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Parents Matter makes clear that whether they are concerned about drinking, drugs, violence, trouble in school, smoking, or sex (or all of the above), the best advice for parents is the same: stay closely connect to their teenage sons and daughters.
The report presents the result of the survey of children 10 to 15 years of age and parents conducted to find out parent-child communication. it shows that many families are waiting too long to discuss, and not talking enough about many issues, including sexuality.