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Adolescent Relationship Trends: Exploring the Dating Violence and Sexual Decision-making
Transcript of Adolescent Relationship Trends: Exploring the Dating Violence and Sexual Decision-making
Youth Risk Behavior Survelliance System (YRBSS)
survey from 2011 sites that 47.4% of high school
students have had sex. 15.3% of high school students
have been with more than 4 partners. 6.7% have their sexual initiation before the age of 13.
Is this surprising? A study by Halpren and Haydon (2008) explored sexual behavior in 13, 835 students in grades 7-12.
They found that 67.2% of adolescents had engaged in oral sex by they age of 18. Oral Sex "Oral sex has, undoubtedly, become part of many teenagers' sexual repertory. According to the 1995 National Survey of Adolescent Males, released in 2000, about half of boys aged 15 to 19 had received oral sex from a girl, and slightly more than a third had performed it. A 2004 NBC-People survey of 13- to 16-year- olds found that 12 percent had engaged in oral sex, and 4 percent of those - or less than half a percent overall - had been to an oral sex party"
(Lewin, 2005) Oral Sex Parties?! http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/30/fashion/thursdaystyles/30rainbow.html?pagewanted=all Dating violence is defined as any physical abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation, stalking or or controlling behaviors. What is dating violence? Dating Violence How prevalent is it? YBRSS found that in 2011 9.4% of high school students had been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
YBRSS also found that 8.0% had been forced to have sex during the last year by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Collins and Carmody (2011), studied the incidences of dating violence in the Twilight Saga which has been revered among many as a wholesome series promoting abstinence.
The study produced alarming results.
-80 incidences of physical violence against a bf/gf
-5 cases of sexual violence
-30 incidences of physically controlling behavior
-58 examples of emotional control
-60 references to self harm or suicide
-14 instances of stalking
(Collins and Carmody (2011, p. 388-389) Media Influences Discuss for a moment: have you ever seen students displaying or discussing this type of behavior? Adolescent Relationship Trends This presentation is designed to inform, explain and provide resources for high school professionals working daily with the raging hormones and delicate emotions of challenging adolescent populations.
Material found in this presentation is research based and recent. Some material we will discuss is explicit, but please recognize that this paints a picture of the social environment of high school students. As you will see, the population we are discussing is narrow; but the affects are felt throughout a building. Adolescent What are some relationship trends you have seen in your school? Anyone familiar with this saga?
Are your students? We have looked briefly at dating violence, now
we are moving into sexual trends among adolescents Note that this data is a decade old. Do you believe this data is still accurate? The following clip is an interesting look at the wrestling of adolescents with regards to oral sex and virginity.
After the clip please spend a moment thinking about your own definitions. What can I do? -Referral to the School Counselor
-Referral to Student Assistance Program
-Incorporate lessons into your curriculum about healthy relationships
-Invite a guest speaker from the counseling office, YWCA or other local organizations to speak in class
-Speak with the a school counselor and have resources available in your room for adolescents
-Most importantly, be available for students--do not promise to keep secrets or be a friend--but be a trusted adult who can offer assistance. Warning Signs for Dating Violence Teen Advice on Ask.com list 10 signs
1. Constantly checks on you
2. Lies to you
3. Won't let you talk to other girls/guys
4. Threatens to hurt him/herself
5. Loses his/her temper quickly
6. Embarrasses you in public
7. Forces you to have sexual contact
8. Keeps you away from your friends
9. Looks through your phone
10. Does anything that scares you in any way The final moments of this presentation are for discussion and questions. This is an atypical conversation for educators. What are your thoughts and reactions? Questions and Discussion