"The Talk" should be an ongoing series of discussions that take place whenever your teenager has a question concerning sex or whenever a "teachable moment" presents itself.
The AAP believes laws requiring parent's involvement in a teen's abortion are not effective, and may cause harm.
focuses on teen dating violence, an issue that is gaining more and more attention on both the local and national levels, largely in part to the hard work of advocates.
We are continuing to adapt advocacy and prevention programs to meet the needs of teen survivors and find new ways to engage communities in addressing this problem. A creative energy has sparked; innovative programs are being developed and advocates from the sexual violence, domestic violence, sexual health, and youth advocacy fields are working together to create social change.
Fortunately, there are a number of resources that have already been developed to support advocates, community members, and teens in doing this work.
The literature on IPV among adolescents indicates that the rates are similar for the number of girls and boys in heterosexual relationships who report experiencing IPV, or that girls in heterosexual relationships are more likely than their male counterparts to report perpetrating IPV. stated that, unlike domestic violence in general, equal rates of IPV perpetration is a unique characteristic with regard adolescent dating violence, and that this is "perhaps because the period of adolescence, a special developmental state, is accompanied by sexual characteristics that are distinctly different from the characteristics of adult." Wekerle and Wolfe theorized that "a mutually coercive and violent dynamic may form during adolescence, a time when males and females are more equal on a physical level" and that this "physical equality allows girls to assert more power through physical violence than is possible for an adult female attacked by a fully physically mature man." Regarding studies that indicate that girls are as likely or more likely than boys to commit IPV, the authors emphasize that substantial differences exist between the genders, including that girls are significantly more likely than boys to report having experienced severe IPV, such as being threatened with a weapon, punched, strangled, beaten, burned, or raped, and are also substantially more likely than boys to need psychological help or experience physical injuries that require medical help for the abuse, and to report sexual violence as a part of dating violence.
They are also more likely to take IPV more seriously.
Dating violence looks different for teens than it does for adults.
Teens often lack access to information and support, they face unique societal pressures, they have limited experience in dating and sexual activity, they lack autonomy in many settings, and the list goes on.