Sex and Your Teenager: A Parent's Guide

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Learning about sex

It is probably true to say that we learn about sex from the moment of birth. The fact is that the intimacy and nurturing involved in the mother-baby relationship creates a foundation stone for later sexuality. More broadly, however, the child learns about sex from school, from parents, from brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives, from friends and neighbours, from the media, from books and films, from advertising, and from a host of other sources.

As I say, I was really young when I first began learn-
ing about sex. You sort of pick up words from school,
and I think I got a rough idea from friends. You see
people kissing on TV, and you think, well, that must
have something to do with it. I didn't really know
much about sex at all, and then when I saw it in
textbooks and stuff like that it became clear. I couldn't
say there was ever a time when I just suddenly knew it
all, like, when I was 12, say. It was sort of a gradual

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • About the Author ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: Puberty 3
  • 2: Learning About Sex 19
  • 3: Sexual Development in Early Adolescence 41
  • 4: First Relationships 59
  • 5: The Impact of Teenage Sexuality on the Family 79
  • 6: Risky Behaviour 101
  • 7: Sexual Orientation 123
  • 8: Sex and the Law 133
  • 9: The Parent's Role 141
  • Index 153
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