Sex & Your Teenager - A Parent's Guide
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As we all know, sexuality is not an easy topic for parents and carers to deal with once their children enter adolescence. We are all aware of the need to discuss sex with our kids, the only question is, how to start the conversation?

This practical, down-to-earth book offers tips on how to broach the subject and gives advice on a range of problems from the bodily changes at puberty through to coping with relationships, contraception and HIV.

And in light of modern society's ever changing attitudes towards sexual behaviour, more controversial issues are addressed such as sexual orientation and STDs.

Written in a very open, honest style, yet based on a solid bedrock of scientific information this book will help you to help your teenager to cope with their own sexuality.
* Written by a very well respected academic

* Includes useful lists of organisations and further reading

* Will empower you to develop a deeper, more satisfying relationships with your teenage kids


Dr John Coleman,O.B.E. is founder of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence. He has written widely in this field, and is the former editor of the Journal of Adolescence. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford.


About the Author

Foreword by Anne Weyman, OBE (Chief Executive, Family Planning Association) Introduction


Bodily changes in girls

Bodily changes in boys

The age of puberty

The emotional consequences of puberty


Wet dreams

Is puberty starting earlier than in previous generations?

Learning about sex





The media


Sexual development in early adolescence

The need for privacy

Relationships with adults

Boys and girls are different


The fears and anxieties of adults

The fears and anxieties of teenagers

First relationships

Love and romance

Readiness for sex


Personal safety

Essential messages for parents to emphasise

The impact of teenage sexuality on the family

The parent's own sexuality

Boundaries and limits

Sex in the home

Unsuitable relationships

Lone parents


Risky behaviour

The nature of adolescence

Sexual risks

Teenage pregnancy

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)


Assault, rape and exposure to violence

The parent's response

Sexual orientation

The process of choosing sexual orientation

Finding out that your teenager is gay or lesbian

Sex and the law

The age of consent


Sexual abuse

The parent's role

The generation gap

Managing conflict between parents




"..provides straightforward tips and hints.." (Young People Now, December 2001)

"...we believe this book can be a useful guide for many parents, but also teachers and even teenagers, who want to take a peek." (Int Jnl of Adolescent Medical Health, Vol.14, No.2, 2002)

"This is a book that understands what the problems actually are, and goes a long way to being an aid to finding ways to overcome them." (Young Minds Magazine, May/June 2002)

"...We believe this book can be a useful guide for parents as well as teachers and even teenagers..." (Int Jnl of Adolescent Medical Health, Vol.14, No.2, 2002)

"...I would happily recommend the book, to any parents who are having difficulties with their teenagers..." (BACHH News, Summer 2002) 

“…a practical, easy-to-read, down-to-earth guide…a valuable and reassuring guide…” (Jnl of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol 8(1))

“…provides the latest information and advice…ideal guide for parents, teachers and anyone who works with young people…” (Stress News, April 2004)