Piascy group discussion about abstainance

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Decision-Making as a youth
Abstinence
Refusal Skills
Consequences of Sexual Activity.

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Piascy group discussion about abstainance

  1. 1. Facilitator: Mr. Mukalele Rogers Date: Sunday, December 12, 2010 School: Jinja College Topic: Abstinence PIASCY GROUP DISCUSSION
  2. 2. <ul><li>In our meeting today, we shall discuss the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Decision-Making </li></ul><ul><li>Abstinence </li></ul><ul><li>Refusal Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences of Sexual Activity </li></ul>Adolescence & Abstinence
  3. 3. Part I Decision-Making
  4. 4. <ul><li>Media </li></ul><ul><li>Television </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Friends/Peers </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Siblings </li></ul><ul><li>Extended family </li></ul><ul><li>Religious organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural traditions </li></ul><ul><li>Associations </li></ul><ul><li>School organizations (sports, clubs) </li></ul>Influences Qn: Which things influence us in our society to take up personal decisions?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Adolescence is a time for personal development </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adolescents will be exposed to new things and will face greater challenges in everyday life </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Important to keep influences in mind when making a decision. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decide for your self, don’t let others decide for you </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Making Responsible Decisions
  6. 6. Six Steps of Decision-Making Process <ul><li>First Consider the situation at hand </li></ul><ul><li>List the options </li></ul><ul><li>Weigh the possible outcomes </li></ul>
  7. 7. Six Steps of Decision-Making Process <ul><li>Consider your values </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t decide to do something because everybody is doing it. You are not Everybody. You are somebody </li></ul><ul><li>Make a decision, act, and mean it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Making Sexual Decisions <ul><li>Physical and emotional changes during adolescence can lead to confusion and concern </li></ul><ul><li>Important to know the difference between feelings of sexual attraction (lust) and love </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: You DO NOT have to act on sexual impulses! Don’t let your feelings control you! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Making Sexual Decisions <ul><li>Many teens act on sexual impulses out of curiosity, pressure from others, or a desire to be an adult </li></ul><ul><li>Decision to engage in sexual activity is the biggest and most important decision a teen can make due to life-long implications </li></ul>
  10. 10. Making Sexual Decisions <ul><li>It is easier to make good judgments when you have a clear mind and are not feeling pressured </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: It is much easier to make decisions about your limits BEFORE you get involved in sexual activity </li></ul><ul><li>“ You have to stand for what you believe in. And sometimes you have to stand alone.” ~ Queen Latifah </li></ul>
  11. 11. Part II Abstinence
  12. 12. <ul><li>Definition of abstinence </li></ul><ul><li>Five steps to help you stay abstinent </li></ul>Abstinence
  13. 13. Definition of Abstinence <ul><li>Abstinence is a voluntary restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure . </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual abstinence is the practice of refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity for medical, psychological, legal, social or religious reasons. </li></ul>
  14. 14. How can I stay abstinent? <ul><li>1. Establish your own priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>• Priorities are those things that are most important to you. </li></ul>
  15. 15. How can I stay abstinent? <ul><li>2. Set limits on how you are willing to express affection. </li></ul>
  16. 16. How can I stay abstinent? <ul><li>3 . Engage in physical body exercises like sports to get rid of excess energy. </li></ul>
  17. 17. How can I stay abstinent? <ul><li>4. Discuss your feelings with a trusted adult. Get advise from good sources </li></ul>
  18. 18. How can I stay abstinent? <ul><li>5. Steer clear of high pressure situations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dark rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unsupervised settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t use alcohol or other drugs that may affect judgment </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. How can I stay abstinent? <ul><li>6. Always keep your spiritual growth upright. A good relationship with God can always remind you not to go astray. (Holy Spirit) </li></ul>
  20. 20. It’s great to wait! 6. If you are currently sexually active, re-evaluate your decision.
  21. 21. Part III Refusal Skills
  22. 22. Refusal Skills <ul><li>Clear communication with partner </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal and non-verbal actions send the same message </li></ul><ul><li>Clear body language </li></ul>
  23. 23. Refusal Skills <ul><li>Self-control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A person’s ability to override emotions and make a responsible decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No conflicting actions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assertiveness </li></ul>
  24. 24. Part IV Consequences of Sexual Activity
  25. 25. Negative Consequences of Sexual Activity <ul><li>Unplanned pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of self-respect </li></ul><ul><li>Negative effects on social relationships </li></ul>
  26. 26. Unplanned Pregnancy <ul><li>Complicates adolescent life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>adds serious responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>give up child for adoption is a possibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>86% of teen pregnancies are unplanned </li></ul><ul><li>Giving birth at a young age increases health risks for both the mother and child </li></ul><ul><li>Limits the teens’ future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drop out of school to support the child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give up future plans for college, employment, etc. </li></ul></ul>Teens are not ready for Parenthood!
  27. 27. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) <ul><li>Spread from person to person through sexual contact </li></ul><ul><li>People ages 15-19 are at greatest risk </li></ul><ul><li>One in four sexually active adolescents will become infected before graduating from high school </li></ul><ul><li>STDs require medical treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Can make a person sterile (unable to conceive a child) </li></ul>
  28. 28. Examples of STDs <ul><li>AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Genital Herpes </li></ul><ul><li>Syphilis </li></ul><ul><li>Chlamydia </li></ul><ul><li>Gonorrhea </li></ul>
  29. 29. Mental and Social Affects <ul><li>Loss of self-respect </li></ul><ul><li>Diminished self-image </li></ul><ul><li>Tension between boyfriend/girlfriend relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual activities may lead to unshared feelings, emotional attachment and other dilemmas </li></ul>
  30. 30. Conclusion The End

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