Parents, UT Teen Health
I talk to my teen about sex. More.
"Parents should not be afraid to be more influential in teen's lives.  Positive parental relationships have been shown to be an effec-
tive protective factor for teens.  Talk with your chil-
dren candidly about sex, attitudes, and values."
- National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Parent Power: What Par-
ents Need to Know and Do to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy. 2001.

Learning and Education

What do Parents and Teens want in regards to sex education? To TALK

Parents want to know how to talk to their kids about sex. Furthermore, they want to trust the sex education taught in schools.

Teens want to hear from their parents about sexual topics and desire open and frank discussions.

UT Teen Health encourages parent/teen connectedness through active programming that supports parents in talking with and guiding teens towards optimal health.

Quality parent/teen relationships and positive communication about sex has been shown to help reduce sexual risk behaviors. Teens say that parents are the biggest influence on their decisions about sex, love, and relationships.

Our goal is to help parents navigate the facts of teen sexual behavior. For those who are concerned with sexual health education we have provided resources about effectiveness. UT Teen Health analyzes national trends in teen pregnancy prevention and sex education to build a program that represents the best practices in the field.

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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy contains information for teens, parents, professionals, and policymakers. A teen-friendly Web site where they can test their knowledge, participate in surveys, and get teen pregnancy facts.

The CDC weighs in on how parents can talk to teens about sex to maximize positive health outcomes.

Teen Pregnancy
CDC National Vital Statistics Reports. Births, 2016.

  • What’s the truth about teen pregnancy? We see teen pregnancy on the media and the news frequently. In reality, the teenage birth rate declined 9 percent in the United States from 2015-2016, reaching an historic low of 20.3 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19 years.
  • Why do we watch teen birth rates? Teenage childbearing has been the subject of long-standing concern among the public and policy makers.
    • Despite decreases in overall teen births, large disparities exist by race and ethnicity. Hispanic teens have the highest birth rates.
    • Teenagers who give birth are much more likely to deliver a low birthweight or preterm infant than older women.
    • The annual public savings associated with declinse in teen childbearing that have already taken place is $4.4 billion(1)
    1. (accessed 7/09/18).

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