What Young Adults Really Want from the "Birds and the Bees"

Talking to your kids about sex can be scary! Here are some tips from young adults that you can incorporate into your talks with your child

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The Effects of Talking with your Kid about Sex

There are lots of myths surrounding what happens when you talk to your child about sex. Here's some research to help bust those myths!

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Campus Sex...With a Syllabus

Lessons about consent have been few and far between for many. Check out what Jonathan Kalin, founder of the organization Party with Consent has to say about the messages received from media about sex and how this contrasts with real life. 

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Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
    Relationship Education
    Accessing knowledge to enhance your positive contributions to a relationship in the present or future
    Risky Behaviors
    Learning what behaviors put you and your relationship at risk for distress and ways to create more adaptive behaviors
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • Your Face: The Window to Your Love Life

    Your face is a powerful part of you and has a lot to do in your communication with others. Learn more about just how much facial expressions do influence communication in relationships and how you can take advantage of this in your love life. Thanks Dr. Jason B. Whiting for this insight! 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Mate Selection
    The process of choosing a partner
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • One-Night Stand Regrets May Differ for Men and Women

    For men and women it seems that any regrets experienced after one-night stands are different based on gender. In this research, women were more likely to report regretting having the one-night stand and didn't report feeling sorry when they said no. Contrastly, men reported unhappiness with saying no, although some did report regrets of casual sex. See details of this science here!

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    Topics:
  • Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • Couples Who are Fair About Housework Have More Sex

    What do household chores have to do with sex? Some researchers have evidence that couples who share more housework have less sex. Newer research offers a different perspective, however. It seems that people in egalitarian marriages are actually having more sex now as things are changing regarding how sexual roles are viewed in partnerships. Check out the research on this difference.

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    Topics:
  • Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships
  • The Costs of Traditional Gender Beliefs in Sex

    "Beliefs about gender roles may affect one's ability to meet a partner's desires"...but not in the traditional measures of frequency of sex. Instead traditional gender roles may impact one's pleasure and/or desire to engage in sex with your partner.

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  • Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • Sexual Assault: Symptoms & Recovery

    "Sexual assault is traumatic. This can mean months, and likely years, of struggling with anxiety, depression, intrusive memories, and intimacy difficulties. It is highly suggested that you seek treatment sooner rather than later." 

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and Future Sexual Violence

    "Sexually abused teens are twice as likely to experience peer sexual violence...Fortunately, the cycle can be broken." If you or a teen you know has experienced sexual violence, this article discusses how to identify trauma, risk factors for future sexual violence, and how you can help yourself or the teen break the cycle of abuse.

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Should We See a Sex Therapist

    Thinking about seeing a therapist? Learn about if a sex therapist would be a good fit for you and your partner and take a brief look at the process including FAQs.

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    Topics:
  • Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Therapy
    The role of helping professionals in supporting romantic relationship goals
  • Communicating with a partner about Pornography

    Story of how one couple opened up about pornography in their lives and the role it would play in their relationship.

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Mate Selection
    The process of choosing a partner
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships
  • The Keys to a Happier, Healthier Sex Life

    Great news... we're all sexually normal! Listen to Dr. Emily Nagoski share her research on what makes us normal, what turns us on and off, and how to fully embrace our sexual desires with confidence and without shame! 

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    Topics:
  • Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships