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ERIC Number: EJ862418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Relationship Building Blocks
Santabarbara, Todd; Erbe, Ryan; Cooper, Scott
Journal of School Health, v79 n10 p505-509 Oct 2009
Intimate or romantic relationships for young people today play an integral role in their health and quality of life. Between the ages of 11 and 13 students become more interested in the opposite sex and as a result they begin to develop more intimate relationships. Around this age students are learning to deal with these feelings of attraction and sexual urges. It can be difficult to separate the strong emotional connection two people have within a romantic relationship and their sexual desire. Sexual activity when introduced into a relationship, especially early on, can complicate matters on a relational, mental, and emotional level if the relationship does not have a strong foundation rooted in healthy qualities. However, if students learn how to build healthy and strong connections with their partner before engaging in sexual activity, they will be able to develop lasting intimate bonds. This article presents an activity that allows the students to: (1) Identify and describe the qualities of a healthy relationship after analyzing a particular song's lyrics; (2) Describe how sexual activity, when introduced early on, can affect a romantic or intimate relationship; and (3) Explore the influence their own personal values and beliefs have within an intimate relationship. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A