Sexuality, Relationships & The Importance of Status



Child Trends is a 26-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and their families. Once you get to the site, click on the link for reports and information on adolescent sexual behavior.


The Media Project provides services to the entertainment industry regarding sex information and education. Since many television and film projects use the Media Project to gather current information about sex and sexuality, this is a good source for parents who want to know up-to-date information about teens and sex and want to know what sorts of information is being supplied to the media. Their services include a HELPline, tailored meetings, and industry-wide informational briefings.


SIECUS (the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) has served as the national voice for sexuality education, sexual health, and sexual rights for over 40 years. SIECUS affirms that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one that is worthy of dignity and respect. They advocate for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services.


The Kaiser Family Foundation/Seventeen Partnership with Seventeen magazine provides candid information based on teen research regarding sex and dating.


Talk To Me First–A Book (and Website) from Deborah Roffman. We live in a time when kids of all ages are bombarded with age-sensitive material wherever they turn; “sexting” and bullying are on the rise at an increasingly younger age, and teen moms are “celebrified.” What is a concerned–and embarrassed–parent to do? With wit, wisdom, and savvy, Deborah Roffman translates her experiences gleaned from decades of teaching kids and parents, and as a mom, into strategies to help parents navigate this tricky terrain. Talk to Me First is for any parent who wants to become and remain the most credible and influential resource about sexuality in their children’s lives. It doesn’t get any better than this–Deborah is a tremendous resource for parents of teens.


The American Bar Association Division for Public Education sponsors a National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative in an attempt to inform teens, parents, educators and the general public about the facts surrounding teen violence in dating. You can click here for their downloadable fact sheet or teachers can click on the following link to download the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Classroom Guide for some really excellent tips on bringing up the topic during advisories or class discussions.


The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University is a “one-stop shop” for information on youth violence prevention, sponsored by Georgetown University with links and information about other organizations and federal agencies working to help understand and mitigate youth violence. This link provides information on teen dating violence and abuse.


Love is Respect is an organization founded by fashion designer Liz Claiborne in order to help educate on teens, dating and intimate partner violence. The site contains many excellent resources and help for teens and parents on dating and safe relating.


Status Anxiety is a book by Alain de Botton—a really important work for understanding the importance of status and worry about status. This is a crucial aspect of adolescent development in the United States and it makes Status Anxiety worth a read.