Abstinence in the news
Two items about abstinence caught my eye this week. The first was an interesting article in a recent Journal of Adolescent Health (Vol. 39(2), p. 192-198) by Ott, Pfeiffer & Fortenberry describing abstinence according to the wisdom of 42 adole...
School District Settles with Lesbian Student
I loved this story from the Associated Press recently - a school district in CA has agreed to settle a lawsuit (before any litigation) by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a lesbian student who was harassed at her public school.The t...
Book Review: Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen
In 2006 the American Medical Association published a wonderful book called "The Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen." There are not many good books about puberty for boys out there, so I thought I would review this one for the fabulous readers of Teen ...
Half Full or Half Empty?
Sometimes I think the hardest "issues" to handle as a parent are the issues that reflect different ways of just being in the world. I am a serious optimist and see everything as an opportunity and an experience to be had. One of my daughters appro...
Thank You: Grand Rounds 3.54
Thank you Dr. Rob at Musings of a Distractible Mind for hosting Grand Rounds 3.54 this week and including a link to Teen Health 411. This week was very fun to read and wonderfully strung together - thank you very much!Photo Credit: web_guy94301
Males, Romance and Success
Thanks to a comment on my last post about boys and romance, I set out last week to find more information about males and romance, and found a number of interesting studies. There are many studies on adolescents focus on peer interactions and relat...
Contraceptive Use is Helping to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy Rates
So sorry to say - it is not abstinence! The January 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health includes an article that reports the declining adolescent pregnancy rates in the United States between 1995 and 2002 were primarily due to impr...
Oral and Dental Complications of Piercing
Keeping with the piercing theme, allow me to translate an article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, during November 2006. Given the increasing popularity of oral piercing and a lack of research about it, several researchers studied 97...
Oral Care for Adolescents
Good nutrition and oral hygiene are particularly important for teens, and important for healthy smiles and gums. Parents are likely to not be paying as much attention as they did when their kids were younger, and teens, may be slacking off! The ev...
Keep Teens Safe: Vote No on CA Prop 4
Marketing seems to have infiltrated politics. The people of California are being encouraged with words like "secret, predator, Megan's law, coercion, & sexual abuse," to make it a law that parents be notified 48 hours before a teen can receive...