For over 30 years, researchers have studied the antecedents of teenagers high-risk sexual behaviors, and service providers have designed programs to prevent these behaviors.
Talk about the present reality of single parent homes and the reality of risky teenage behavior as a result….Discuss God’s original structure of the family and the benefits of having a family structure.
Discuss that single parents also include teenage parents which places the child at a disadvantage because of parents lack of education. Also discuss the plight of the single parent such as the choice of either welfare or low minimum wage. Also discuss the at-risk behaviors of children reared in these homes such as drug abuse and early initiation of sex of girls seeking male approval because of their absent father’s abandonment.
Risky Sexual Presentation For Sara
By. Sara L. Daniel
B.A Psychology 2010
is 5 out of 10 of the
top 10 diseases in
The population that
is most affected by
this epidemic is
adolescents 15 -19
years of age and
and spread due to
ignorance of how
the disease is
TABLE OF CONTENT
The current crisis of Sexually transmitted disease
affecting adolescents and young adults.
The present reality of single parent homes and at-risk
The advantages of a two parent household vs. the
disadvantages of a single parent household
A look at what to expect in the future if the current
The 1960s and 1970 were considered the sexual
Teens attitude and behavior became more liberal
Teens began to engage in premarital sex at an
Teen became sexually active six months prior than
Currently STDs Status
In the United States , the risk of acquiring an STDs is
higher among teenagers than adults.
Rates of unprotected sexual activity, STDs, unplanned
pregnancies, and childbearing is highest among U.S
Many adolescents are engaging in oral sex, and is
unaware of the risk of contracting STDs orally.
Experts Look For Solutions
Bridging the gap between programs and research
Experts suggested that research on prevention should
be designed and conducted to inform the development
of programs and policy.
Experts conclude that teens reared in a traditional
family structure are less likely to engage in at-risk
Religion seems to play a vital role in deterring teens
from at-risk behaviors.
Lost Of Family Structure
The present reality Back to the beginning
Single Parent households
Single parent homes
Experts concluded that single parent
homes were worse off than their
a third of single parent homes
rose from 13 percent in 1960
to double the amount in 1990.
Families that had children
represented 19 percent; which
consisted of an employed
father and a stay at home
Poverty: such as living off of
Lack of nurturing, due to the
only parent working and
spending less time with child.
Children reared in these
types of homes generally
display at-risk behaviors.
The Advantages of a two parent
homes Vs. Single-parent homes
Two Parent Household Single Parent Household
Economically beneficial; kids
are living in a stable home
Children are more than likely
to be nurture due to one
parent staying home.
Kids raised in a two parent
home are less like to engage
in at-risk behaviors.
A possibility that single parent is
a teenager which places the child
at risk to live in poverty.
Possibility of not receiving
nurturing due to the one parent
More than likely to engage in at-
risk behaviors such as drug use,
sexual activity, cigarettes and
Changes over time
In the 1950 the High School seniors of that era
believed that having premarital sex was not permitted
The classes of 1975 and 2000 believed that premarital
sex was allowed if both people were in a serious
In the 1950 few teens engaged in premarital sex based
on the negative view.
In the 1960s and beyond the attitude changed and
teenage sex rates went up significantly and so did STDs
and teenage pregnancy.
Based on the findings of this research it appears that the
traditional structural of the American family proved
beneficial in curtailing adolescent at-risk behaviors. In
addition, the lack of morality has caused adolescent sexual
activity to increase due to the lack of restraint. Based on
the continuing crisis of STDs it appears that the current sex
education courses taught in America’s school is merely
instructing teens how to have sex and not get diseases or
get pregnant. It seems evident that the best course of
action would be to empower teens to wait until marriage to
engage in sexual activity and also build self esteem to
insure that teens learn how to build better relationships to
ensure fidelity and longevity of marriage.