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The Main Thread Lafa Handbook Anna Chu Chu Schindele


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  • 1. The Main Thread - hanbook on sexuality and personal relationships among young people
    • A methodology material from Lafa, The Stockholm County Aids prevention Programme
    • The handbook is aimed for teachers, health-care workers, youth club leaders, peer educators; or anyone who wants to work on issues concerning sexuality and personal relationships
    • Its objective is to promote sexual health and prevent sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies among young people in the age of 13-19 years old
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  • 4. 1. Planning the work
    • Theoretical perspectives:
    • The conditions you need to put in place for yourself and your work
    • The importance of putting into words the aim of the teaching
    • A clear objective might help to specify the targets for the teaching and to facilitate evaluation and reflection
    • Not to standardise but normalise, be personal but not private
    • The methods in this section include:
    • “ Learning about Life at Tibble High School”
    • “ Sexuality and personal relationships – year 9 studies at Fittja School”
    • “ Henriksdal Youth Club – Love Week ”
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  • 6. 2. Self-esteem
    • Theoretical perspective:
    • Enhance young people’s abilities to express them selves
    • What do we actually mean? What do we want young people to learn? Do we adults have good self-esteem?
    • Self-esteem can grow in sexual relations, and sometimes it involves love – but not always
    • Wordless communication between two bodies allows flirtation, randiness, and desire to grow
    • The methods in this section include:
    • Feeling excluded
    • Being seen through photography
    • Poem writing exercise
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  • 8. 3. Infatuation, couples and sexuality
    • Theoretical perspective:
    • Sexual perspective becomes clear at puberty, and young people can start to differentiate between sexual actions and non-sexual actions
    • Adults’ reactions change and are characterised much more by anxiety and negative expectations
    • “ Too early” or “too late”?
    • Gathering sexual experience takes place at a pace which young people themselves consider themselves to be ready for.
    • The methods in this section include:
    • Write about someone you admire
    • Contact ads
    • Discussion in small groups on friendship, sex and love
    • Gender roles
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  • 10. 4. Sexuality and contraceptives
    • Theoretical perspective:
    • Talk about the position of sexuality in the lives of young people. Talk about lust
    • “ Sexualising” contraceptives is a way for discussing the contexts in which these should actually be used
    • Be credible - have an understanding of the difficulties with using contraceptives and protection against infection, taking into account randiness, fear of losing the erection (boys), vaginal dryness as a potential side-effect of some contraceptives (girls)
    • The methods in this section include:
    • Using fiction in work on sexuality and personal relationships
    • Sexuality – deciding on what words to use
    • What if my mate… – working with homosexuality in schools
    • Talking to young women
    • Talking to young men
    • Making a condom poster
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  • 12. 5. Ethics
    • Theoretical perspective:
    • Respecting one another’s varying standpoints on value issues
    • … In a culture which encounters other cultures, or in a family which encounters other families, a gang of mates that encounters other gang…
    • The importance of discussion and dialogue
    • Develop our own internal compass
    • The methods in this section include:
    • Ethical issues
    • Infidelity – four-corner exercise
    • HIV-positive student at school
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  • 14. 6. The downside of sexuality
    • Theoretical perspective:
    • Giving young people access to what they want to be concerned about rather than what they ought to be concerned about.
    • Risky behaviour – what is that?
    • Discussing contraception with young people includes to constantly asking yourself: Who am I talking to? How do they live?
    • To provide clear and correct information
    • Give information on where they can go to get tested and receive one-on-one advice
    • The methods in this section include:
    • Prejudices with regard to HIV
    • Value clarification exercise on HIV
    • Letterbox
    • Unwanted pregnancy
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  • 16. 7. Value clarification exercises
    • Theoretical perspective:
    • A way to persuade young people to talk openly about self-esteem, love and sexuality
    • Make each and every individual aware of their own thoughts and feelings and the thoughts and feelings of others.
    • Participants are also given the opportunity to work on their attitudes and values; a point which can enhance inconsistency between words and action
    • The methods in this section include:
    • Hot Seat
    • Four-corner exercises
    • Dilemmas
    • Yes-No-Maybe
    • Standing in a Line
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  • 18.
    • A section which includes texts for in-depth study. The texts here relate to topics which you might find useful to study in greater detail.
    • Deal with homosexuality and bisexuality, pornography, sexual assault and how to work with young people from different cultures
    8. Texts for in-depth study
  • 19. Thank you! Download your own copy: