The sexual revolution has ushered in a period in which the average adolescent experiences tremendous pressures to have sexual experiences of all kinds. Pinoy teens get a higher exposure to sex from the Internet, magazines and TV shows, movies and other media than decades ago, yet without any corresponding increase in information on how to handle the input. So kids are pretty much left to other kids for opinions and value formation when it comes to sex.
Sexual misinformation is therefore equally shared in the group. Parents at home and teachers in school feel equally inadequate or uneasy to discuss the... read more
Paris: Coaching parents at work on how to talk to their adolescent children about sex could be an effective way to reduce risky sexual behavior among teens, according to a recent United States study.
Many parents of sexually awakening or active teens find it awkward to have that "birds-and-bees" conversation about birth control, sexually-transmitted disease and the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy.
A team of researchers in the United States led by Mark Schuster of Harvard Medical School wanted to find out if a little advice from sex education professionals might help parents overcome their reluctance.
Schuster enrolled 569 American mothers or fathers... read more
Paris: Scientists have confirmed what parents of teenagers have always suspected: adolescents are out of sync with the rest of the world.Most teens probably don't get enough sleep and suffer in their school work because their internal clocks make them night owls, according to a study published recently.Researchers in Australia showed the average teenager misses more than an hour of sleep each night and is forced to wake up 2.5 hours earlier than his or her natural rhythms would dictate. High-school students with a late-night "circadian preference," as the biologically-driven cycle is called, reported doing more poorly in school, and... read more
A study published recently found that teens who regularly get into fights with their parents have significantly different brain structures than their more laid-back peers.
Australian researchers mapped the brains of some 137 early teens and then videotaped them during "problem solving" conversations with their parents about disagreements over issues like homework, bedtimes, or Internet and cell phone use.
"What we found out was that there was actually a relationship between the size and the structure of the various parts of the brain and the way the kids behave in these interactions," said lead researcher Nicholas Allen of the University of Melbourne.