If the title alone has caused feelings of panic and immediate desire to vacate the premises, keep reading! On the other hand, you may view the title as something completely comfortable and currently a part of your parental role. If so, good for you! Keep reading! As parents, we naturally want to give our children the best opportunities for positive, healthy growth and development. A crucial part of our children’s development is sexual development. I’m going to pause for a moment to let that sink in.
Your children are developing sexually.
I know what you may be thinking…“Wait…WHAT?! My child doesn’t have a clue about sex! They haven’t even asked where babies come from…yet!”
The reality is that our children generally know more than we think they know, think about more than we think they think, and are CURIOUS… We are our children’s most important source of sex education and thankfully, studies show that they actually prefer us as sex educators over peers or teachers. This is so encouraging, isn’t it?! Our children indicate that they actually want for us to talk with them regarding sex and relationships! Oh, sure, they will likely “Aw, Mom!” or “Seriously… Dad?!” if we haven’t begun those conversations with much frequency, yet the more comfortable we appear (or fake it), the more comfortable they will become (and vice versa!). These conversations are best started early in life, but parents, please don’t lose heart…it’s never too late! Parent-child communication in regard to sexuality information is one of the most important influences in regard to a child’s sexual behavior and beliefs. This is great news for us as parents. It is comforting to know that research supports that we do have the ability to positively impact our children’s decisions regarding sexual behavior.
Mark C. Rehfuss, Lee A. Underwood, Lisa M. Compton,Amy L. Gilbert, Sherie H. Malcom, and Cheri L. Meder, Regent University
Suicide among incarcerated youth is on the rise. Juvenile justice facilities are in urgent need of accurate screening measures to identify those at risk for suicidal behavior. To date, research has focused on incarcerated adolescent males, resulting in a poverty of information about suicide risk in detained adolescent females. The purpose of this study was to explore the efficacy of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Version 2 (MAYSI-2) in identifying adolescent females who are at risk for suicidal behavior. Archived data from a nonrandom sample of 553 females ages 12 to 17 committed to a secure care juvenile justice facility was examined. Researchers found through a multiple regression analysis that the MAYSI-2 subscale scores were not statistically significant predictors of suicidal behaviors or incidents reported.
Keywords: adolescent, juvenile, justice, risk, suicide, screening
While there are many treatment options available to treat addiction, 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous are often an effective means of treatment. Given the spiritual nature of the program, spiritual participants are more likely to continue participation in 12-step programs than atheist and agnostic participants, thus are more likely to experience success. In spite of the spiritual nature of these programs, studies show that atheist and agnostic participants could benefit as well as God-believing participants. Abstinence is directly correlated with attendance to 12-step meetings, but not correlated with belief in God. Studies show that for those atheist and agnostic participants who are willing to remain in the program, the success rate may be equal.
Keywords: 12-step program, Alcoholics Anonymous, atheist, agnostic, spiritual