The Sex Lives of Teenagers: Revealing the Secret World of Adolescent Boys and Girls

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Jul 20, 2001 - Psychology - 285 pages
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With more and more teenagers having sex by the age of sixteen and others feeling pressured to before they're ready, parents and adolescents must find ways to communicate openly and honestly about a subject that has been ignored for too long. Lynn Ponton, M.D., takes readers behind the closed doors of a therapist's office to hear what teenagers have to say about their sexual lives. In a safe forum, without fear of judgment or censorship, teens feel free to speak frankly about their feelings, desires, fantasies, and expectations. And parents give voice to the struggle of coming to terms with their children's emerging sexual identities. Dr. Ponton opens a dialogue that addresses controversial topics such as pregnancy, abortion, masturbation, sexual orientation, Internet dating, and gender roles. Sensitive subjects such as AIDS and drugs are also explored. A no-holds-barred look at a subject often considered taboo by parents, educators, and adolescents themselves, The Sex Lives of Teenagers brings teen sexuality out into the open.

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Review: The Sex Lives of Teenagers: Revealing the Secret World of Adolescent Boys and Girls

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

This book is NOT hard to read and explores a lot of different areas of sexuality in adolescents. It is a good overview, but it does not provide a lot of detail. However, it is a good place to START. Read full review

Review: The Sex Lives of Teenagers: Revealing the Secret World of Adolescent Boys and Girls

User Review  - Jadine - Goodreads

Not nearly as enlightening as I'd hoped. Maybe if I weren't around young people so much, but nothing surprised me or taught me to better handle the youth I know. Probably better for parents who are not around many teenagers. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Ponton is a clinical psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

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