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ERIC Number: EJ888819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Sexual Communication in the Family: Handling a Delicate Topic in the Family Communication Course
Pawlowski, Donna R.
Communication Teacher, v20 n4 p100-104 Oct 2006
Many times, families, and in particular parents, do not discuss important issues of sex with their children. Children learn about sex-related topics from their friends, other family members, or media sources. In such instances, while children at least may be learning about sex, the accuracy of the sources from which they are obtaining information or the specific information being transmitted may not be what the parents would like their children to know. The topic of sexual communication arises in families at different points of family development. It may be of importance to a child (even 5-6 years old) who hears about sex at school, the elementary school-age child who has recently heard that "sex ed course" or saw that "reproductive video" in school, that teenager who is thinking about experimenting with sex or is trying to find their own identity or orientation with sexual preferences and partners. Regardless of the family development phase, sexual communication is a sensitive, yet vital, conversation to have within the family. A classroom of peers is an effective way to get students talking about the topic of sexual communication. It is important for students to realize the importance of the topic and become comfortable talking about sexual communication. By students sharing their experiences and thinking about how to approach the topic with their potential families, or perhaps with those who look up to them as role models, they can work through some comfort issues with their peers in a nonthreatening situation. This article describes an activity wherein students discuss their perceptions of sex and sex education, and realize the importance of these issues as a communicative topic within the family. [A list of references and suggested readings is included.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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