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

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Plume, 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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THE SEX LIVES OF TEENAGERS: Revealing the Secret World of Adolescent Boys and Girls

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A fascinating foray into the often tumultuous sex lives of American teens.Based on her extensive psychiatric work with adolescents and their parents, Ponton (Psychiatry/Univ. of California) reveals ... Read full review

The sex lives of teenagers: revealing the secret world of adolescent boys and girls

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This superb book offers an eye-opening view of adolescent sexuality through the lens of teen-therapist dialogs interwoven with keen cultural commentary. Ponton, a psychiatrist with 20 years ... Read full review

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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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