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  1. 1. Chapter 2 Lesson 2 Decisions About Sexual Relationships
  2. 3. You’ll learn to… <ul><li>Analyze the importance & benefits of abstinence from sexual activity in promoting emotional health & preventing pregnancy, STDs, and HIV / AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate ways to practice abstinence in a dating relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate refusal strategies to reinforce the decision to remain abstinent. </li></ul>
  3. 5. Decisions About Sexual Relationships <ul><li>Good communication is critical for setting limits regarding sexual involvement. </li></ul><ul><li>Each person must make decisions about what he/she wants from the relationship & communicate those decisions effectively. </li></ul>
  4. 6. Decisions About Sexual Behavior <ul><li>It’s perfectly normal for young people to decide that they are not ready for a sexual relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Teens are choosing to practice abstinence. </li></ul><ul><li>Abstinence - a deliberate decision to avoid harmful behaviors, including sexual activity before marriage & the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. </li></ul>
  5. 7. Practicing Abstinence Until Marriage <ul><li>Abstinence does not mean doing without intimacy or physical contact in a close, special friendship. </li></ul><ul><li>Intimacy is a closeness between two people that develops over time. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, a couple can hold hands, hug, kiss, and grow to know and understand each other . </li></ul>
  6. 9. Benefits of Abstinence <ul><li>Benefits your physical, mental/emotional, and social health </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminates risks of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, including HIV / AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Is the only 100% effective method to avoid unplanned pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Allows a couple to build a deeper friendship </li></ul><ul><li>Maintains respect for personal and family values </li></ul>
  7. 10. Reasons for Abstinence <ul><li>Teens are not ready physically, mentally, emotionally, or financially for the short-term & long-term consequences of engaging in sexual activity </li></ul><ul><li>There may be legal consequences: </li></ul><ul><li>Illegal for an adult to have sexual contact with anyone under the age of consent (varies state to state) </li></ul><ul><li>In many states, it’s illegal for unmarried minors to engage in sexual activity </li></ul><ul><li>Negative effects of sexuality activity can disrupt a teens life & interfere with his/her plans for the future. </li></ul>
  8. 12. Practicing Your Decision to Be Abstinent <ul><li>If you made a decision to abstain from sexual activity, a well thought-out plan of action will help you uphold that choice … </li></ul><ul><li>Make a detailed list of your reasons for choosing abstinence. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss your feelings, your decisions, and your expectations of the relationship with your boy/girlfriend </li></ul>
  9. 13. Practicing Your Decision to Be Abstinent <ul><li>Place yourself in situations that reinforce your decision to be abstinent. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. Choose well-lit places that encourage conversation or date with other couples or in groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan your time together—where you will go, how long you will stay, & what time you will go home. </li></ul>
  10. 15. Refusal Skills <ul><li>As you mature, you must assume more responsibility for your actions. Always make the best possible decisions for your health, safety, and well-being. </li></ul><ul><li>Others may pressure you to make risky decisions that go against your values. </li></ul><ul><li>You need to stand up for yourself and firmly say “No”. </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing refusal skills will help you uphold your intentions and values. </li></ul>
  11. 16. Refusal Skills <ul><li>Communication strategies that help you say no effectively: </li></ul><ul><li>When resisting pressure, simply say “No”. You do not need to justify yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>If necessary, repeat yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Be polite but keep your tone firm. Do not insult or yell, but use a firm tone of voice and direct eye contact. </li></ul>
  12. 18. Refusal Skills <ul><li>Suggest an alternative activity that is acceptable to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not compromise when you feel strongly about something. Compromise can be a passive way of saying yes. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid use of alcohol & other drugs. The use of these impairs your judgment & your ability to make healthy decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>If the other person persists & continues to pressure you, leave. Go someplace where you feel safe & comfortable. </li></ul>
  13. 19. Lesson 2 Review Questions <ul><li>Define abstinence. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze the importance & benefits of abstinence in promoting emotional health & the prevention of pregnancy, STDs, and HIV/AIDS. List four reasons to practice abstinence from sexual activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe & demonstrate with examples three refusal strategies you can take to reinforce a decision to remain abstinent. </li></ul>
  14. 20. Lesson 2 Review Questions <ul><li>What would you say to a friend who says that he/she will make a decision about sexual activity when faced with the problem, not before? Explain your reasoning. </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging in physical activity before marriage can have physical, mental/emotional, and legal consequences. Provide two examples of each of these types of consequences. </li></ul>